Parenting – Adult Children

20140915_073240As parents we all worry about our children, no matter what their age is. What do we do if we know they are having a hard time and difficulties, and they are an adult? Obviously we can’t pick them up, hug them and tell them everything is going to be alright. We can, however as parents pray for them. Prayer is a powerful tool. Even if they don’t go to your church or believe as you do, pray for them. Fast for them, don’t worry, I can promise they won’t be offended. In fact, they will probably feel just the opposite, loved. They will know that you are concerned about them and besides you don’t have to tell them what you are doing. It is not something to go around talking about, it is something private. Our adult children need us just as much as our younger children, sometimes even more, just in a different way. They need our moral support, our encouragement, our love and just knowing that we are there cheering them on when things are tough. If they need a hug, give them a hug. Everyone needs a hug now and then. Be a listening ear, and don’t give advise unless it is asked for, just listen. Being a parent doesn’t stop  when your children leave home. It is a life long calling, so be prepared for the long haul. Yes, your adult children will have tough times, but they can make it through them and you as their parent can help them make it. Just be there and let them know that you are there for them.

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