Janina (feeling Audrey Hepburn) with Carla and friends.

A few days ago, my daughter met with one of our closest friends, Carla, together with some of her peers.

Since Janina was a young girl, we’ve tried to connect her with people who can bring input in her life. We were deliberate and intentional. We wanted to look for adults who have the same principles and convictions as we have and impart those values into the lives of our children.

How come?

We wanted to find key individuals who can be the right kind of influence for our kids.

According to a research conducted by Mark Kelly of Lifeway,

“Teens who had at least one adult from church make a significant time investment in their lives … were most likely to keep attending church. More of those who stayed in church – by a margin of 46% to 28% – said five or more adults at church had invested time with them personally and spiritually.”

But more than staying in church, we’re more concerned about “staying” and cultivating the relationship she has with God.

The older they get, the more important it is for them to have other perspectives and different voices in their lives telling them the same things but in a different way.

You would probably be able to relate with me when your child quotes a teacher, coach, mentor and act on what they’ve heard while you’re there on the sideline saying, “But I’ve been telling you that for the past 13 years!”

They were hearing it in a different way because they were at a different stage…

Plus they just needed a different voice.

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