Hope this Helps: Grace for Parents

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Samuel Son’s wonderfully honest article, The Myth of the Happy Parent, offers grace and comfort to the parent, and a needed insight to the young and childless youth leader.

Son says, “‘There’s an incredible anxiety around parenting here (USA) that I just don’t feel in other countries,’” says Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders, a comparison study of modern parenting cultures in developed nations. Our unhappiness results from our collective anxiety over our children’s college and future prospects, and by our merciless judgment of each other. We rank parents. ‘By the judgment you mete, shall you be judged.’ Judgment of others is always self-judgment. Legalism in our living rooms. Legalism is in the milk we feed our children. Parenting is in need of grace.”

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