“How the hell am I supposed to believe anything he says anymore?!” Moms frustration with her teenage son was evident. Now she was looking to me to explain why he was lying all the time and how to correct the problem and put boundaries in place in the future.
Two decades ago I would have told you all I wanted for my kids was that they grow up to be "happy." The most important lesson I've learned along their raising is that the path I think they should be on may not be their destiny. And what a gift it is to witness their journey!
Dad gets a call from the police that his teen daughter has been caught drinking at the home of a friend. Dad's biggest feeling is embarrassment. Our children turn into adults with their own thoughts, feelings, experiences...it's how we handle it that helps us grow.
Life is about learning, we can make the choice to grow as parents when we hear about other families tragedies. Today I share some hindsight about my own parenting struggles in the hopes it will enlighten you and incite change before you get the call no parent wants.