Parent Guide - Now And Later: A Series About The Book Of Proverbs


Follow up at home with Sunday Morning Lessons

SUN: 11/3

Wisdom now can help
you miss mistakes later.

SUN: 11/10

A good reputation is good for
you now and good for you later.

SUN: 11/17

The end you want tomorrow is
connected to what you do today.

SUN: 11/24

Patient people know
there’s more to the story.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


In the high school phase, teenagers desire independence and the ability to make decisions for themselves. However, they’re still learning exactly what it looks like to make good decisions and how their choices today might impact their tomorrow. That’s why in this series, we’re talking all about the importance of wisdom and how God gives us wisdom to protect us both now and in the future.



Even if they don’t act like it, your student craves your words of encouragement. Make a grab-and-go breakfast for your teen one morning this week and include a short note about the ways you’ve seen them make wise decisions this week. Let them know that you are proud of them and that you have confidence in their ability to navigate their week, even in those moments when they feel like they can’t.


Your teen has the ability to build others up or tear them down with their words. At dinner, ask your kid about a few of their friends. Keep it light! (This isn’t the time to comment on all their friends’ shortcomings.) Ask them what their favorite thing is about each person. Be excited with them for the things they love about the people in their lives and encourage them to let each person know how much they appreciate their friendship.


Relational conflict is a normal but difficult part of life. Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded to take a step back before we respond out of anger toward someone. The next time your teen brings up conflict with a teacher or friend drama, let them know you are praying for them, and remind them that it can work to their benefit to bite their tongue and wait before reacting out of anger.


Teens are usually a little more open at night because their guard is lower and they tend to be exhausted from the day. This can be a great time to connect relationally without a ton of expectations. One night this week, take them their favorite snack to enjoy in bed and ask them what their highs and lows were of the day or week. Affirm both the highs and lows they’re going through right now and thank them for sharing. (Remember: A few minutes of time together can go a long way!)