What being a mom of a prodigal is and isn't

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Being the mom of a Prodigal:
Is not a mom that didn’t pray for her child.

Is not a mom that didn’t discipline her child.
Prodigal’s aren’t a result of poor parenting.

Please don’t give her the cold shoulder because she is mom to ‘that child’ that did ‘that thing’ or because you don’t like her child or approve of their behavior.
Don’t think she is okay with it either.

She is also mom to other children who aren’t prodigals.
When saying “Oh you’re so and so’s mom?” don’t say it with dread in your voice. Truly. It hurts.
There are times she is afraid to admit she is said child’s mom.

Encourage her with something positive that you know her child did.
Most of the time she doesn’t hear anything good about her child.
It’s discouraging.

Know that having a prodigal is heart wrenching. Mom doesn’t wish it on anybody.
That when she talking about said child, it’s ok to ask about happier times.
It is also okay to offer prayer for her Prodigal. To stand in the gap.

At a certain point in a child’s life their behavior doesn’t or shouldn’t reflect on the parents.
The child has free will.

The bible encourages you:

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Never give up!

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