Growing With

By Youth Pastor Jenny Arnez

Are you a parent of a 13-29 year old?  Me, too!  I just started reading a book that I think will help all of us. It's called Growing With by Kara Powell and Steven Argue. Take a look at this quote: "As parents and caring adults, we often feel the gap between us and our kids widening as they become teenagers and young adults. Maybe it’s just that they’re growing up. But we fear the gap is also a symptom that we’re growing apart. Growing With is an attempt to close this family gap. Growing With requires new lenses so we can see more clearly the world our teens and twentysomethings encounter."

 When our three daughters were little, we were exhausted all the time! I am certain I have memory loss from sleep deprivation during those years. Now that our girls are in the teen to 20+ age range, it's a different kind of challenge. They're adults (or closely approaching) and yet they are adolescents. Honestly, I pray more for our kids than I ever have. I'm often at a loss as to how to best connect, encourage, and challenge them. That's why I'm excited about Growing With.

The authors start the book off with exploring the world that our teens and twentysomethings encounter. (Hint: things have changed!) Then, they give us three ways to look at parenting (taking into account what's worked before and ideas for the future) and finish off with lots of practical tips. I encourage you to visit if you're interested in knowing more. 

Let's talk! If you read the book, let me know and we can compare note! Email me at

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