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Parents Need Encouragement, Too

Sue Miller
Sue Miller Friday August 29, 2014
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One of the interesting things I’ve discovered as I have been training groups of parents is their need for affirmation and praise. I have been surprised by how many of them feel like they are failing most of the time when parenting their children.

Think about it: Where do parents hear that they are doing a good job? The school system? No, parents tell me all they get there are lists of things they “should” do next year. Talk shows? Nope, they mainly highlight the problems parents are facing with their children. Books they read? When is the last time you read a book that told you you were doing a good job as a parent?

I think we as leaders have a unique opportunity to shower our parents with encouragement for what they are doing right with their kids each day. It is a felt need in the heart of every parent to hear that they are doing a good job. Why not position our trainings as opportunities for all parents to go from “good” to “great”?

Do you find this to be true in your interaction with parents?

It’s just so easy to get caught up in the urgent day-to-day business of life. That’s why Parent Cue App provides you with simple CUEs throughout the week that remind you to pause and make the most of everyday moments. Check out Parent Cue App on iTunes and Android.

Sue is a leader, author, and gifted communicator. She joined the Orange team in 2005 after 17 years of leading Promiseland at Willow Creek Community Church. Sue was instrumental in leading the change process that grew Promiseland into a cutting edge ministry known around the world. At Orange, Sue travels extensively, feeding her passion to mentor leaders, inspire volunteers, and consult with churches that strive to partner with parents. Sue has recently authored two books alongside Adam Duckworth: "NotNormal — 7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers" and "Leading Not Normal Volunteers."