As a parent, you may ask, “Should My Teen Be Independent?” In light of today’s culture, should you permit your children to be independent?
Many child development experts today have convinced parents that bringing up a child to be independent is the sine qua non of child rearing.
Sadly, parents often take this to an unhealthy extreme—to the point of their kids acquiring a falsely fluffed self-worth and ego that morphs into entitlement.
I agree with teaching our kids self-sufficiency; but, with limits and humility.
Scripture conveys a balance between “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
Even Barbara Streisand sang: “People who need people are the luckiest people.”
But, true humility comes from knowing God and needing people.
Picture provided by Andi Campbell-Jones
Conversation Starter: What are some steps you can take to help your teen find the appropriate independence?