The Family Circle
If I hear my car making a strange noise, I call my dad to ask his advice. He knows just about everything auto-related, so I trust his diagnosis and his opinion on the repair quotes from mechanics.
If I have a question about my taxes, I call my mom. As a tax consultant, she’s on top of changes to the laws. She helps me get my financial house in order and avoid unpleasant surprises.
My parents are a trusted resource—and so much more.
As a child, I viewed my parents as providers, protectors, comforters, teachers, and disciplinarians. As an adult child, I have had the opportunity to appreciate my parents as people. They are individuals with unique talents and insights. And they are people I genuinely enjoy spending time with, whether it is an afternoon barbecue or chatting in the kitchen while drinking coffee. Now, as a middle-aged child with my own children, I find myself pondering the cycle of birth, life, and death.
*Editor’s note: Full print content also includes a sidebar by well-known author and blogger, Sarah Reinhard. It contains practical advice on how to engage your family (specifically your children) in the faith.