Family Ministry Today

The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

An Alternative to Micromanaging Your Children

by Derek Brown – Feb 4

A recent blog post at

As parents we often struggle with this reality: the older our kids get, the weightier their decisions become. We also realize there is a great deal of evil in the world that we want to protect our children from. Given these facts, parents are often tempted to micromanage in an effort to prevent poor decisions. Parents may have good intentions but can become overbearing when driven by fear. As a counselor I want parents to focus on helping their children grow in independent decision-making. Ultimately we want children to have two things that go hand-in-hand:

• Good , wise discernment—the ability to know if what is going on at a particular moment is good or bad, and

• Strong character—developed biblical convictions and integrity so that good decisions can be made joyfully, even when parents aren’t present.

You can read the entire post here.