Right this moment, I am the mom of exactly four teenagers, plus four kids, ten and under.
I'm here to tell you, friends, parenting isn't for cowards.
I don't have all the answers. I don't even know all the questions, but one thing is sure. There's always an adventure ahead. Yes, I like to call them adventures. It sounds so much more, well, adventurous than "struggles" or "problems," don't you think?
Just so you know, sometimes my teens do things that really disappoint me. Heck, sometimes I do things that really disappoint me. I usually don't choose to write about those things here. Not so you will think I'm perfect or I have the perfect family, but for the sake of preserving the privacy and dignity of those needing and receiving mercy and grace for their mistakes.
Having said that, I have a story to tell all you moms who wonder if your kids will ever do what's right when you're not there to remind them, "Say thank you," "Mind your manners," "Be nice," and so on.
As I was running errands recently, I ran into a lady from church and she said, "I need to tell you something about your son."
Now, if you're like me and if you've been a mom very long, you know that what follows this kind of statement could go either way.
So my heart skipped a beat, and I held my breath and said a silent prayer that it wouldn't be something a) costly to repair, or b) illegal.
She said, "We were at the movie theater while he was working and an elderly man fell. Jackson was the first person to get to him and help him up. He cleaned up the mess and got him a fresh drink. I was so impressed!"
SHEW! A good report is always so welcome and such a relief.
Take heart, mamas! All your loving and training and discipline and encouragement matters. That same kid who is breaking windows, and getting into fistfights, and apologizing (at your insistence) to little old ladies will grow up and make you proud!