Has your child ever discussed his relationship with Jesus with you?
Describe for me your current relationship with your prodigal child? What was your relationship with him like before? When did it change? Why do you think it changed?
In what ways is your child like you at that same age?
In what way do your child’s actions embarrass you? Why?
What have you tried in the past to curb your child’s rebellious nature? What were the results?
What are your expectations of your child? Are any of them unclear or unreasonable?
In what ways are you allowing your child’s behavior to control your emotions?
How does your child’s rebellious nature make you feel about yourself, your spouse, your parenting, your future?
In what ways might you and your spouse have parented this prodigal differently than you parented their siblings?
What are you doing now to try to communicate love and acceptance to your prodigal child? What holds you back?
What is your deepest desire for your prodigal child?
I believe that the most important relationship your child will ever have is his (or her) relationship with Jesus Christ. Are you a follower of Christ? What does that mean to you?
When was the last time you took your prodigal child to a casual lunch? Even though the conversation may be awkward, they will feel valued to have your time and to know that you are not embarrassed to be with them in public.
How are you able to show an interest in something your child is interested in? See if you can find something in what they read, listen to, or do that can create a common bond.
In what way does anger or fear rule your relationship with this child? Are you quick to listen and slow to speak? (James 1:19)
What is one small thing you can do today that will reduce the tension that exists between you and your prodigal child?
In what ways are you assuring your child that they are loved unconditionally?
Are you willing to forgive and extend grace for as long as is necessary?
Are there areas where you need to seek forgiveness from your child? (Matthew 5:23-24)
Are there ways that you have been enabling your child’s poor behavior? How could you begin to change that area?
What do you think God may be teaching you through the experience of having a prodigal child?
What is one step you can take in the right direction and how can I help you do that?