In this episode, Dr. Kara Powell gives some insights into the rising conversation about parents growing with their teenagers in regard to their faith. Through her experience at the Fuller Youth Institute, many years in local church ministry, and personally as a parent of teenagers, Kara shares both strategic and practical ways to begin partnering with parents of the next generation.

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Links Mentioned in this Episode

Fuller Youth Institute

Growing Young book

Growing Young assessment

Growing With book

Three Age Categories for Teenagers/Young Adults (but hold them loosely)

  • Learners – 13-18-year-olds
    • Experiencing rapid growth in numerous areas and newness in relationships and faith
  • Explorers – 18-23-year-olds
    • Excited about the future but unsure about themselves
  • Focusers – 23-29-year-olds
    • Adopting a clearer sense of self

Three Parenting Stages for these Categories

  • Learner – needs a parent who is a TEACHER
    • Hands-on parenting focused on self-reflection, self-discipline, and collaboration
  • Explorer – parent transitions from a teacher to a GUIDE
    • Figuring out when your teenager needs guidance and when “they've got it”
  • Focuser – parents become RESOUCERS

Growing With VERBS

    • WITHing – parents are urged to be “a wall” that kids can return to when they are ready (swimming analogy)
    • FAITHing – owning and embodying our journeys with God as we encounter new experiences and information
    • ADULTing – our child's growth in agency as they embrace opportunities to shape the world around them

Action Items

  1. Read Growing With
  2. Resources from Growing With book
  3. Get this to parents

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