A couple months ago, after I spoke to a group of moms, one of the women in the audience came up to me and shared some of the challenges she’d been going through with her twelve-year-old.
Fighting tears, she told me she wasn’t sure how to handle his behavior.
I could tell she wanted to parent her son in the best way possible. But I could also tell she was questioning herself and doubting how she’d been handling things. (What mom hasn’t been there at one point or another?)
She talked, I listened, we hugged, and I told her that she was a good mom. I saw how concerned she was and how much she wanted to do the right thing.
I wished so badly that I had the “one right answer” for her, but like so many parenting challenges, there wasn’t a cookie-cutter solution.
And even though I wasn’t able to give her anything more than a few suggestions of what I might do in her situation, I saw hope in her eyes when she left — the hope that comes from telling someone else your struggles.
And as I drove home that morning, I thought about some of the times I’ve been in the same place she was: grappling with how to handle a situation with my kids, wanting so badly to know the right answer.
And I thought about the advice one of my friends gave me a while ago about parenting:
“When in doubt, just love them.”
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Just love them.
No matter how many books we read, or how many kids we raise…
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