PROMise Me | Vicki Caruana

April 30th, 2017


What promises have you made to your children? What promises do you hope your child will keep? Vicki Caruana joins us today to share a story about the list of promises she would go over with her son. Also, be sure to grab a copy of The Joy of Letting Go. The 52 devotional readings shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages readers to continue to let go in life-giving ways. To learn more about Vicki and her new release, visit her online at Apples and Chalkdust.

This is our oldest son, Christopher. When he was a junior in high school, he went to his junior prom—without a date. He and many of his friends met there to celebrate together. They had a blast and I am so happy he went. He rented his own tux (without having to match it to a girl’s dress!) and drove himself to the beachside restaurant where the prom was held. He came home late, but not too late. He was safe. I was relieved.

Before he left for the evening, I went over my “list of promises” with him, knowing he’s heard it all before. It never hurts to say it one more time.

  • Promise me you will drive safely.
  • Promise me you will be polite to everyone you meet there.
  • Promise me you will not do anything “stupid.” But if you do, you will find a way to make it right.
  • Promise me you will call if you find yourself in a situation you’re not comfortable handling on your own.
  • Promise me you will come home safe and sound.

He promised. . . I waited up and watched for his headlights. Around midnight they grazed the front of our house and I relaxed.

The promises we solicit from our children should be no different than those we make to them. They aren’t guarantees, but they point us all in the right direction.

Isaiah 55:11English Standard Version (ESV):

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

What promises have you made to your children? What promises do you hope your child will keep?


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Vicki Caruana

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Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on “Starting Points,” Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.

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