Faith Over Fear
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The Courage to Let Our Kids Fail - Ep. 46

March 23, 2021
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Most parents hate to see their kids struggle. It often grieves us to see them experience the pain of failure. But when we rescue them from the consequences of their behavior, become overly critical in our efforts to point them to success, or attempt to shelter them from life’s challenges, we inevitably stunt their growth. We might even raise children who become paralyzed to make decisions and embrace healthy risk.

In this episode, Jennifer Slattery talks with counselor and speaker Brenda Yoder about why and how we can help our children grow through inevitable failures and develop the wings they’ll need to fly into adulthood.

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Resources mentioned:
Fledge by Brenda Yoder
The Beautiful Mess Mother-Daughter conference by Wholly Loved Ministries

Group Discussion Questions:

1. What are some reasons you find it challenging to allow your child/children to struggle?
2. How often is fear of personal failure involved in your response to your child’s failings?
3. When has God used struggle and failure to grow you?
4. How can remembering how God has grown you strengthen your heart to let your loved ones grow from their failures?
5. How can our unwillingness to let our children fail negatively impact their relationship with Christ? Their confidence?
6. What are some truths regarding God (His nature, power, or promises) help conquer your fears regarding your children's failures?
7. What is one “next right step” God is calling you to take this week?

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Jennifer Slattery, founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, is a multi-published author, national speaker, and speaking coach passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. She is a host on Your Daily Bible Verse and Faith Over Fear. Find her online at
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Carol Ogle McCracken is a fun-loving wedding planner, speaker, Bible teacher, and author who brings to Scripture to inspire a personal, vibrant relationship with Him. Her authentic challenges faced while journeying through alcoholism, raising a child with special needs, and divorce, equip her to teach, entertain and encourage you. Carol currently serves as the Minister of Discipleship at her home church and is a Christian communicator in many different forums, large and small, and especially enjoys teaching at women’s retreats. Her book Wisdom, Where to Find It if You've Lost, Forgotten, or Never Had It was released in November 2020.
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