Pressures can be placed on the children of Christian leaders like pastors, missionaries and teachers such that they feel they are living “under a magnifying glass.” These kids often don’t get the same room to make mistakes that other kids do. It’s hard for them to feel that they can be authentic, for they always are on display.
I know that when my kids went to high school they faced a higher level of scrutiny from both teachers and peers. Some people expected them to be perfect because of what their dad does for a living. They weren’t perfect (but then neither am I!) It put extra pressure on them, and that’s pretty common for any kid whose parents have a leadership position. We worked hard to make sure they got the chance to go through the normal process and struggles of growing up, but some of the scrutiny simply cannot be avoided. Continue reading “Kids Under the Magnifying Glass”