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Six questions about raising daughters

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As a DODO — Dad of Daughters Only — of three grown women, I remain diligent in looking for help in ways that I can continue to guide them, even as adults.

In this article, appearing at Crossway, Lindsey Carlson, the author of Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ, answers six common questions many fathers likely have that pertain to raising daughters.

The six questions are:

  1. How can I encourage my daughter’s growth in Christ?
  2. How can I determine if my daughter’s faith is growing?
  3. How can I encourage my daughter to open up to me?
  4. How can I raise a strong daughter?
  5. How can I help my daughter when I can’t give her everything?
  6. What if I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising my daughter to fear the Lord?

Feeling overwhelmed?!? That’s a understatement, especially when you’re a father outnumbered by females who speak an entirely different language and are prone to displays of drama.

Like Lindsey notes, “When the good work of raising your daughter feels burdensome or too difficult to carry, find rest in Jesus. He is helping strengthen you, providing for you, and enabling the work of your hands to listen, learn, teach, train, disciple, and love your daughter even when the responsibility feels like too much.

“Rest assured, the burden of guilt and shame have been removed; you need not fear failure. Trust Christ to gently and lovingly carry you with ease through each and every difficult day of this path of parenting your daughter,” she added.

If you have struggled with either of those six questions, perhaps you’ll find Lindsey’s perspective to be comforting.

The full story can be found at www.crossway.org/articles/6-questions-about-raising-daughters.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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