Focus on the Family

Loving — Even When it Hurts

Tips to help parents through their teen's rebellion

by Tim Kimmel

Isn't it puzzling that kids brought up in loving, Christian homes choose to rebel against their parents, or worse, against God? After all, they've had Jesus' love served up in huge helpings. Many have enjoyed the luxuries of a deep Christian heritage — some since the day they were born. Yet they still turn their backs on truth.

If you are a parent with a rebellious son or daughter, please take heart: God knows what you are going through. In fact, He told us how to handle this dilemma in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, which shows us that even God — the perfect Father — has children who rebel.

If you are in the midst of your child's rebellion, here are some things to help you through this season.