In a conversation with a friend he told me how his dad invited him and his friends to an evening in his backyard, when they were in high school, and gave them alcohol so that he could "supervise" what they would have done elsewhere anyways. He thought he was helping them in their maturing process.
Aside from what I think about his tactics I wonder how strategic we should be in our spiritual maturing process and that of our kids. Are you intentional or are you hoping for the best? Does maturity happen no matter what, or is there a need for specific attention to our spiritual growth?
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and told them that they should have grown up and been able to handle the meatier things of faith, but were still on milk. He was disappointed in their growth.
I hope he would not be disappointed in us.