3 Principles for Parents of Prodigals found in Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home by Lori Wildenberg
Below are a few principles I have learned while walking that messy journey with a prodigal. These thoughts have helped me greatly. If you have a child who has gone astray, I share these with you in the hope they will help you too.
“Life is not a straight line.” 1
None of us expect the unexpected. Life is full of hairpin turns and switchbacks.
“Our love for our children is unconditional but our help is conditional.” 2
Having a prodigal child we must always express our love yet not enable behavior we want to extinguish. The rebel must participate in the solution.
“Boundary setting is more for the parents than the prodigal.” 3
We can only control our own responses.
Do these thoughts and truisms resonate with you? If so you can discover lots more of these golden nuggets in my newest book: Messy Journey. Head over to your local bookstore, Amazon,or contact me to purchase Messy Journey.
Here’s what the experts are saying:
– Kathy Koch, Ph.D., Founder/President Celebrate Kids, Inc.
–Dr. Juli Slattery, Co-founder of Authentic Intimacy
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1. Lori Wildenberg, Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home ( Birmingham: New Hope Publishers, 2017) p.11.
2. Ibid., p. 65.
3. Ibid., p. 70.
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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.