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When Kids Start Raising Their Parents

...my dad learned from his kids. The truth is (speaking as a father) — the influence children have on their parents is widely underrated. I’ve watched my dad change in his thinking and beliefs through his sons, and I know that I’m continuing to learn and change through my kids every day. I think parents spend 20 years raising their kids, and about half-way through that process, the kids start raising their parents as well. In the end, everyone is better off. The older generation passes on its wisdom to the young, and the younger generation prevents “hardening of the categories” in the old … as long as both generations keep listening…

- Brian McLaren, "A Father’s Day Reflection," Red-Letter Christians blog, June 19, 2011