The Prodigal Child – A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build

Is there anything parents can do that will keep a child from becoming a prodigal?

Come, Prodigal Child > Lyrics | Barney E. Warren

Set the Boundaries
Living with a prodigal requires clearly defined boundaries.
Utilizing the concept of boundaries helps us determine the borders of parenting and sends clear signals to our children. But how do we set those boundaries? Are the boundaries just for our children or are they also for us?

But again, parents can do all these things and still have a prodigal child. It simply happens.

Prodigal | Definition of Prodigal by Merriam-Webster


Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. ~Robert Fulghum, , commonly misattributed to Barbara Jordan because she quoted Fulghum in a commencement address

My childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean playtime is. ~Ron Olson

The opposite of play is not work. It's depression. ~Brian Sutton-Smith

We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are. We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them. It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it. Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

The Prodigal Child: Just the Facts - Word Document [Download] by Christianity Today International

Believe the Promises
As parents of prodigals, we focus on the promises of God.
Now comes the hard part—believing the promises God has given us. This is an active belief, requiring more than head knowledge about the Almighty. This involves believing that God is good, loving, and active in our child's life, even when we cannot see evidence of it.

But again, parents can do all these things and still have a prodigal child.

The Return of the Prodigal Son is an oil painting by Rembrandt

It’s a Christian parent’s nightmare – the child who walks away from the family and the faith they were taught. Is there anything we can do but wait and pray? Carol Barnier, author of (affiliate link!) , was that child herself, and in this riveting interview she shares what brought her back to Christ and how parents facing a rebellion in their family can take hope – and practical steps – for an eventual return.

Rembrandt and Psychology: Reflections on The Return …

The third in a series of journeys for a child to experience the Greatest Stories of All Time. The songs and stories are told to the child personally, including their name in this professional production a total of 58 times. The breathtaking voices of the characters and sounds of biblical times will remain forever.

1) Jonah and the Whale
2) Saved and You Know It
3) Daniel and the Lion
4) Praise Him
5) Moses
6) He Is Alive
7) Prodigal Son
8) Hosanna