Scared yet? So what can we do as parents as they move through all this change? We can learn to listen more and talk less. We can learn to not carry every little silence on our sleeve like some direct rejection. We can hope our example of leadership and our ability to give grace is seen even if it is not immediately noted. We can love them fiercely without smothering. We can pray for guidance and for direction to help them lead the lives God has planned for THEM not the lives we are planning for them.
I am far from a perfect parent y’all. The one thing I know is these kids have taught me way more than I have taught them. I’m a better person every single day because every year I have been willing to change and grow the same as they have! Accepting my imperfections has not been easy nor has accepting that what I perceive as their imperfections are sometimes only pieces of them that are different than me but in no way imperfect.
This is what I do know for a fact! In five (very short) years you will look back and be astounded by the visible change in your life. Seeing this picture today; I mean wow! They have grown both physically, mentally and socially. One has moved on to his professional life and two are wearing glasses. One was already out on her own not by then and now has 4 years of a professional career under her belt! I’m so proud of all of us!
“If we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are.”
Embrace the change and love who you are today!
Whew! I seriously sat down here tonight to share a back to school picture and my heart just opened right up. Hope this touches a heart today as so many are experiencing these changes in many different ways.