When it comes to emotional needs, we are all the same. God has wired humanity with the need to belong yet be separate and distinct. This tension causes us to gravitate into group think even when we inwardly disagree. I need friends so I'll adopt their views and ignore my true opinion. My family culture …
My prayer was for my family, all eight of us, and I prayed something like, "Lord, help us stay impressionable."
The kids were naive. They didn't understand how their joking could hurt my son.
We can fail and not be failures because God's redeeming work uses raising kids to take us through a journey of personal transformation.
Years ago it was normal to respect differences of opinion. It was fine for each of my friends to think "our" way was the best and not be offended or feel discriminated against. We respected each other's "house rules".