We drive them to school.
We sleep under the same roof.
We watch every one of their games, concerts, and melt-downs.
We may even have the regular opportunity to share meals with them.
Yet we often have no idea who they are.
We used to think we knew our children, but no more. Perhaps you’ve felt what many parents have verbalized to me about their teenagers:
“They’re not the kid I used to know.”
“What happened to my baby?”
This is all too common a parental conundrum, and it happens in many ways for many reasons. But right now, you’re likely less concerned about how it happened than you are about fixing it. And, for some reason, sitting down and asking your son “How’s school,” “Is something bothering you,” or “What are you thinking about?” just doesn’t seem to work anymore.
The encouraging reality is that our children communicate to us who they are in everything they do. They even scream their deepest heart issues to us with their silence.
With this thought in mind, I’d like to share 4 vital ways to remove your child’s mask and start the glorious process of knowing your child and helping them become the person God wants them to be.