Ann Jahns

Home congregation: Shepherd of the Hills, West Bend, Wis.

Family details: I started dating my husband, Thad, when we were both freshmen at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, and we married the December after we graduated. We have three boys: Ethan, Micah, and Jonah. Micah and Jonah are both students at Wisconsin Lutheran College, where Ethan recently graduated.  Thad is the director of career development at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and I am the director of marketing and communications at WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions in Germantown, Wis.

What are your parenting philosophies? We have learned over the years that each of our children is so unique—there is no “one size fits all” approach to parenting—so we have adjusted to parent each child taking into account his own unique personality, temperament, and gifts. And because parenting is such a tough job, we also incorporate prayer—lots and lots of prayer.

What portion of Scripture do you refer to most often as a parent? Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” While not necessarily a passage about parenting, this speaks so powerfully to our Christian walk throughout our life and how we should respond to any and every situation. This was the Scripture passage that my husband and I used for our wedding, and we later learned that my husband’s grandparents had also used it at their wedding many years before.

What’s the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received? “Worrying has never changed the outcome of anything.” Take everything to the Lord in prayer.

On what parenting topic have you always wished you could find a good article? I would love to find some supportive articles on the unique challenges of parenting young adult children.

Other thoughts you want to share with the column’s readers: I would like to encourage all parents out there, that even though parenting is such a huge and often daunting responsibility, they are not alone in their challenges! All parents struggle with uncertainty, which comes with raising kids in a sinful world. We shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to get help or advice we need when raising our children. We also need to encourage other parents in their Christian parenting journeys, since they likely struggle at times as well.

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