Q: My teenage son wants to drop out of confirmation. I want him to continue with his instruction, but I'm worried that he'll wind up resenting church if I force him to do so. I'm torn about what I should do.
A: Engage your son in a thoughtful conversation about why he wants to drop out and seek to understand his point of view. Before you make a final decision, talk with your pastor or youth director. Perhaps you can find new ways of working together as a team with your son.
No matter what you decide, it's important to keep your son's faith formation a priority. An ongoing dialogue about your family's faith — and the practice of your beliefs within an encouraging church community — is vital to your son's continued spiritual growth.
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