Definitely a post worth re-blogging.
I am the mother of an almost 19 year old, a 17 year old and a 12 year old. I think for me the main thing I am learning is to ‘choose my battles’!
That, and trying to be self-controlled in the sense of ‘responding’ rather than ‘reacting’.
Being a parent of a teenager is a bit like being a tight rope walker. It often feels like one is ‘walking on egg shells’ and I find myself being very challenged in finding a tactful way of saying something to my teenagers.
The tone of voice you use is also vital. Often our teenagers just hear our ‘tone’ and immediately switch off.
What is really great, however, is the fact that even if we misstep and fall of the tightrope, our safety net is ginormous!
GOD IS OUR SAFETY NET and when we go to Him in prayer for wisdom FOR OURSELVES in raising our children and we request wisdom, self-control and safety FOR OUR CHILDREN we know that He hears us and responds in love.
My all time favorite Bible verse is found in 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”. Instead of sins I put ‘mistakes’ because as a mother I have made countless mistakes in raising my children but the one thing I can say is that I love my children deeply, completely and utterly and they know it!!