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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 228

The Secret to Nurturing a Healthy Identity in Kids

with guest Chap Clark

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | February 28, 2024 | 38:48 min.

As social capital and connections erode, kids are feeling increasingly alienated, disconnected, and lost. Dr. Chap Clark, a youth, family, and culture expert, recommends a new parenting approach focused on creating a supportive environment, building a strong community, and fostering adult relationships outside the family to help kids find their identity, purpose, and sense of belonging.

Today's Guest(s)


Chap Clark

As a former pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, a professor and vice provost at Fuller Seminary, and a 15-year leader on Young Life staff, Chap Clark has given his life to the encouragement and empowerment of young people and those who work with and for them. 

He equips organizations and individuals to have a greater understanding of millennials and Gen Z. Through March 2018, Chap served as professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, he served seven years as Vice Provost at Fuller, where he was responsible for regional campuses and strategic initiatives. Chap coaches, consults, speaks, trains and encourages communities, schools, parents, churches, and businesses in his roles with IML and Parenteen.


The decline of a sense of community is negatively affecting kids and teenagers. Without connections to a community and adults outside of their parents, kids can struggle with understanding themselves and navigating life’s challenges. Our kids need a village to develop and grow into well-rounded, well-adjusted adults.

It is vital to encourage adolescents to cultivate connections with at least five adults other than their parents who can provide support, advice, encouragement, and a sense of belonging. These relationships will give kids and teenagers a wide range of guidance and support, which will help their overall well-being.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:

  • Discover the power of supportive communities in your kids’ lives
  • Shift your parenting focus: Embrace the benefits of exploration and self discovery
  • Cultivate nonparental adult relationships: a key to your child’s growth
  • Guide your child in exploring and building their own faith and identity
  • Create nurturing environments for holistic child development



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