You hear so many horror stories about parenting a teenage daughter.
Honestly, I’ve been scared. Having worked with elementary-school-aged children for years, I felt fairly comfortable when our girls were going through that stage. Now that they’re 13 and 11, I feel as though I’m entering a whole new territory.
However, I’m here to say that ten months into having a teenager, I’m finding moments to enjoy.
On the way home from school one day last week, my older daughter was telling me about her day. She described a situation involving a classmate and told me how she had responded. Then she asked, “Do you think that was the right thing to do?”
Pick jaw up off floor. This is a special moment. Don’t lecture. All of these thoughts flooded my mind as we began our discussion.
This conversation with her really encouraged me. Yes, I have and will deal with attitude and a messy room and raging emotions. I know there are challenges ahead that will find me seeking God’s wisdom at a whole new level.
But I hope we get the chance to have this same conversation over and over. I know there will be times when she makes the right decision…and other times when she won’t. But with much prayer and God’s grace, my goal is to keep the lines of communication open so that learning and teaching can take place.
Thank you, Lord, for these moments that remind me how blessed I am to parent a teenage girl.
[I did have my daughter preview this post; I know they can be sensitive about what’s said about them in a public forum at this age! 🙂 ]
Do you have a teenage daughter? What are some of the best moments you’ve shared with her?
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