There are basically two ways you can respond when you see a family struggling with a child. Discover those choices and be challenged to serve a family/parent who could use some encouragement.

  1. You can judge
  1. You can empathize

We don’t know their story – so let’s stop judging each other and, instead, encourage each other

  • We’ll give parents the benefit of the doubt
  • We’ll offer a smile and encouraging word the next time we see a struggle


  • Think of a family or a parent who could use some encouragement. Come up with a specific way you can help, encourage or otherwise assist them
  • COMMENT BELOW what your plan is. But no names of the other family please


  1. lmlarrison786 on March 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I think one thing is just to let them know they aren’t alone. Let them know that I’ve been there too. If they ask, what I do… I could tell them. Many times people say how do you do it… I’m honest and say… Not always gracefully…but I pray and try! I think being real and letting other moms/families know that this parenting thing isn’t easy and IS hard helps other people know…that if they are struggling it is not abnormal!

    • fwponline_admin on March 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      lmlarrison786 Thanks so much for participating. We completely agree. When we know we’re not alone, it doesn’t ‘fix’ everything – but it helps us put perspective on the issue(s) at hand. We can take some comfort that we’re not alone and that’s huge. Struggling isn’t abnormal – it’s completely normal and expected.

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