How kids raise parents

The bumpy world of rearing adolescents offers a unique opportunity for parents to grow. It’s one of the rare times in life when the enchantment is lifted, the spell is broken, and truth is out in the open. Here it is:

It’s what we do with our own lives that makes the difference. Parenting power comes from modeling. From demonstrating how to live. Become the person you want your kids to become.

Most kids, as they become adults, draw the same lines as their parents. How we want our kids to live falls upon us as parents. The formula?


So the next time you’re wrestling through power struggles or communication breakdown, step into the situation as you’d want them to. Respond as you wish they would. Grow wise as you’d want them to be wise. Love as you long for them to love.

Your kids may turn out to be the best parents you ever had.

Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul

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