Boy trouble. Girl trouble. Schoolwork trouble. Sports trouble. Friend trouble. Hair trouble. Outfit trouble. Decision-making trouble. Sleeping trouble. Waking trouble.
As the kids get older, helping them navigate their expanding worlds and changing brains and bodies gets more difficult. The choices and decisions now seem so much harder to make than which diaper to buy, when to offer soft foods, when to let them ride their bikes around the block alone.
We help them think through their options but hope for the best outcome for them, in the longterm. We hope to help them grow undamaged, supporting them through their tears and questions. A hug. A smile. A tear ourselves.
I thought today about those kids without support, who cannot or will not approach their parents. I thought about those whose guardians assume they the solve their own problems, resolve their own issues. I thought about those raised in a hostile world, no where to turn. No hope. Only loneliness, confused ideas, unresolved problems. cornered, unanswered.
Isn’t that our job as parents? Step outside ourselves when our kids are in need, listen, guide them as they talk through their feelings, their issues, their concerns. Then watch, hope they continue to move forward. C