Raising Mission-Minded Kids

Raising mission-minded kids

You do so because it’s right. Raising others-minded kids is best for them and humanity. Training and coaching our kids to love and lead with kindness is what every parent hopes to accomplish. But it’s not a given or guarantee, not always the popular choice, and is the hardest endeavor we’ve ever set out on.

I’ve seen firsthand what it looks like and feels like to have a family pour into me, giving me boundaries that lead to great freedom, and being intentional to do this life together. And it’s the every day of every season that stack up to a moment like this…

…I’m thrilled to bring you a Focus on the Family interview as I talk about raising others-focused, mission-minded kids along with my son, Sam. After you listen, send it to a friend!

Listen here: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/raising-mission-minded-kids/

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FocusOnTheFamilyUSA/videos


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