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Parenting

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Parenting. We often struggle with whether we are doing the right thing or not.

Parenting

As parents, we often feel alone in dealing with the challenges of our children as they grow into young adults. As our friends described a particular situation in their lives, we found ourselves identifying and laughing as they described what sounded like one of our own experiences. It’s refreshing to know we’re not alone! I remember suggesting to a friend a few years ago that someone should start a local support group for parents of teenagers.

Picture of new Dad with children

Children don’t come with a manual and it’s really hard sometimes to figure out “what goes where”. You drop the wrong advice in the wrong spot and all of a sudden, it’s World War Three! Five minutes later, they want a ride to the mall! By the time you figure out what happened, they have grown up and you’re not sure what you did. Now you’re wondering, did I miss something? Did I mess them up? Will they be OK?

Eventually you realize they have picked up on some of the things you said and did. It really becomes evident when you see them start having their own relationships and children. Have a little faith. OK, a LOT of faith! They will figure it out.

What Children Need From Parents

Much like when they were learning to ride a bike. At first they fell a lot and needed you to hold them up. Eventually, you are left standing and watching in wonder as they race away from you. It’s hard to remember that they will actually circle back and check on you once in a while.

What they need most from you is just being there when they need you to pick them up once in a while.

Parenting, A Great Ride!

Parenting. Scary and exciting all at the same time. Kind of like riding a roller coaster. What a rush! Then come the grand children……

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the rain that will bring wonderful fresh Ontario produce! I”m thankful my kids are striking out on their own and seem to be having great successes. I’m thankful for a wonderful little grand daughter that helps keep me young. What are you thankful for today?

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