51fiyqjwwxl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_1I’m currently writing up outlines for a parenting class I will be doing over the summer at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The class will meet once a month through the summer and will be focused on the book by Chap and Dee Clark, Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World.

As I was working on these classes, this quote really jumped off the page for me.

“Your child is not a problem to be solved, but a creative, talented, and unique gift to be understood, embraced, and ultimately set free. (pp. 18)

I think it jumped off the page for me because parents often bring their kids to their youth pastors or to therapists so that they can be fixed. Being both in youth ministry and a therapist, I have come to realize that when a parent brings in a child and says that to me, that is usually a sign that there are larger issues going on in the family, and often the child has become the identified patient.

If you are a parent, what do you think about this quote? What sticks out for you?