The start of fall means the start of the school year, which for many families means life will move at a breakneck pace until after Christmas. In addition to school and homework, many children and teens also take part in numerous extracurricular activities. In the midst of a densely scheduled life, it can be difficult to carve out time to disciple your kids and integrate them into the life of the church.

Jen Wilkin describes herself as an “advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of his Word.” She is the author of Women of the Word and writes regularly for The Gospel Coalition. Jen and her husband, Jeff, live in Flower Mound, Texas, and call The Village Church home. They have four children, two of whom are now in college.

The Wilkins have sought to put in place rules and principles that help their family thrive, while freely acknowledging different families need different rules. I talked with Jen about how to parent for the long term while navigating the demands of the school year. Special thanks to Betsy Childs Howard for her help in preparing the interview.

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