The Power to Influence
For years, we’ve been told that once our kids go off to high school and college, they are beyond parental influence. While this myth isn’t supported by any research, or biblical teaching, many parents subscribe to this belief system. They believe they can no longer do anything to shape their kids’ spiritual and life decisions after they hit the age of young adulthood. This is far from the case. In fact, research has found that the years of transitioning into adulthood is the period where young adults need the most guidance. Here are five ways to influence your teen’s faith, based on the book “It’s Not Too Late: The Essential Part You Play In Shaping Your Teen’s Faith,” by author and campus ministry expert Dan Dupee. These tips, along with the others in the book will help you develop influence in your child’s life when they feel like they’re losing control, center on home as the place of greatest opportunity to grow faith and invite others to invest in your child’s life.