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Gary Black: We need to let children feel pain to grow

I interviewed Gary Black, discussing one of our favorite themes – how to raise radical kids.  Gary and Lisa are two of the best parents I’ve ever met.  Their six kids have been through so much, but they are turning out awesome.  They are respectful, responsible, and yes, radical.&n…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
I interviewed Gary Black, discussing one of our favorite themes – how to raise radical kids.  Gary and Lisa are two of the best parents I’ve ever met.  Their six kids have been through so much, but they are turning out awesome.  They are respectful, responsible, and yes, radical.  During their last year in Africa, they learned so much about what it feels like to be an outcast and a minority. 
 
One of the most important things that Gary and Lisa did was to let them go through it and not rescue them.  They knew that unless their children experienced pain, they couldn’t grow.  It was hard, but that’s part of what helps children who are full of potential become men and women of destiny.

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  • heather (@ http://untraditi

    Love the video posts.

    This one hit home as we watch our children struggle with various situations and try to allow them to suffer through because we see God working through it. They are growing so much through these painful experiences and it is amazing to see how their character develops at each stretch.

  • Gary, such a good word here. I admire the way you have parented your children, and all of your kids sound like they have hearts of gold.
    God bless!

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