Theme for October: Identity
A few years ago a friend of mine opened her home to a high school exchange student from Australia. She was treated like one of the family. Abi joined in all family functions, chores, and routines. She even attended her “American sister’s” cross country meets. I mentioned to my friend, Julie, how great it was that Abi came to support Aly. She replied, “It’s what we do.” Julie had a clear vision of her family’s priorities and was communicating those values to her Australian daughter. In their family, supporting each individual’s endeavor is important.
Parenting Tip: Define your family’s priorities and live accordingly.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.