Rabbi Uri Zohar spoke to Kikar Shabbos recently about how parents should handle a child who no longer wants to be religious.
Citing R’ Gershon Edelstein shlit”a, R Uri says that it is an issue on lifnei iver to not show the wayward child acceptance.
“If (the child) comes back at 4:00 a.m. after drinking ten beers, leave him two cookies and write a note that says, ‘I love you.'”
He also said teens who become irreligious believe that they are faulty human beings, and therefore Hashem doesn’t love them.
“Tell your son or daughter to talk to Hashem, just speak to Hashem from the depths of your soul,” he said. “Other than that, don’t tell them anything… Love them and accept them warmly. It’s hard, I know. This is our generation’s challenge.”
Read more at Arutz Sheva.