What is Good and Bad About Being a Lenient Parent? | Bart from MercyMe

“I think I have a larger struggle with ‘under-parenting’ sometimes.”

That’s a confession from Bart Millard, lead singer of MercyMe. He sees the pros and cons and the reasons why, but ultimately, God is teaching him why we have structure as a part of our lives in the first place.

Bart goes on to say, “There were so many things I couldn’t do as a kid and my biggest struggle is allowing them to get away with a lot… I’m still having to remind myself that kids respond to structure and they need structure… I need structure… And I’m learning that… Maybe I take Sam’s phone away and I try not to punish him. I might just say, ‘Hey, dude, we need a break from this.’ It’s amazing how he starts to engage. It’s amazing how much the enemy wants to isolate them as much as possible. We’re learning… Maybe we’ll get it right by the time they all move out.”


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