When toddlers become teens

I am by no means an amazing parent but I have been blessed with a child who is an angel.

Even angels have to go through the teenage years though, and it is a real struggle to trust that she won’t put herself in dangerous situations, and that she will ask for help when she needs it.

I have been reading L R Knost’s blog to try and get some reassurance about my parenting worry.

I found this post here about teenagers particularly useful.

In the day-to-day parenting of teens, preparation means getting them and ourselves ready for their advent into adulthood by intentionally and incrementally handing over the reins of their lives into their inexperienced, but capable hands.

This is so hard. My daughter is smart, but is she street smart? Will she keep herself safe?

I don’t want to be a helicopter parent but at the same time I don’t want to abandon her. Have I done enough?

Reading this blog helps remind me of the kind of parent I want to be, and the relationship I want to foster with my angel child.

Sending our children out into the world as adults with their needs met, with coping mechanisms in place for those times when the stresses overwhelm them, and with the knowledge of a safe haven where comfort is always available when the world hurts them is a powerful way to change the world for the better.

I like cheesy quotes.

I find it helpful to be reminded of actions I’d like to adopt because there’s so many things I want to do.

My theory is that the best ideas stick. But at the same time, no one is perfect. So the less effective ideas fall by the weigh side. The best ideas bubble to the top