By Christine, The Mom of a Teenager
Parenting doesn’t come with a manual. I’m pretty you figure that out the minute you lay eyes on your child(ren). There’s always a different phase or stage that we journey through with our kids. Some are better than others. I thought that teaching my teen to drive was the most nerve wracking experience.
Turns out, I was wrong.
Overseeing and supporting my daughter’s college search/application process makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. It’s been a slow, painful and exhausting. Every week I seem to be talking her off the ledge. I’m glad I only have one child, because I would NEVER want to experience this again. NOT EVER. It’s time consuming, expensive and an emotional roller coaster…no thank you.
If you too are talking your teenager off the ledge on a monthly, weekly, daily, or hourly basis, know that you are not alone. I thought you might find some of the things I always say helpful on our your journey:
“It’s rough out there in the real world.”
“Have tough skin & accept rejection.”
“When you fall, pick yourself up and keep going.”
“What you are experiencing is not life or death.”
“The end of the world is not coming.”
“You will live to see tomorrow and will have a brand new perspective.”
“You are not a failure.”
“Have faith and trust the process.”
“Eventually we all end up where we need to be.”