The parable of the prodigal son is a beautiful picture of the overwhelming grace of God. It provides a powerful image of what it means to be welcomed home by God and finding peace and forgiveness in him. But what can the parable teach us about parenting? The story contains two sons, each can serve as an example of extremes which can be manifested in our own children. On the one hand is the rebellious younger brother who kicks against authority and runs into sin. On the other is the Pharisaical older brother who lifts up his own obedience and thinks he deserves his fair share. A parent's first reaction may be to confront both with the Law, but what each really needs is the gospel of grace.