9 thoughts on “Got teens? “P” is for Parenting … and Perseverance

  1. Everywhere around me I see strong women and I feel like an utter failure. I lack the emotional stability and strength to persevere. Having a teen that hates me, a pre-schooler, and toddler which I want to homeschool and I’m questioning my ability to do that when I can’t get anyone to follow instruction. I’m doing my best, but it’s just not good enough.

    1. Stephanie, I’m sorry things are so hard right now. I appreciate your honesty! It’s just a hunch, but I think every good mother has been “hated” by her teens at least once! Your job is to set the course. Don’t worry about doing everything perfectly. There are no perfect mothers. Perseverance is about success through struggle, and sometimes, that’s the only way we get through is just through prayer and perseverance. You can do it. Hang in there.

  2. Thank you Heidi for another fabulous dose of encouragement! As a mom of teen girl, I know the challenges we face daily to keep on top of her to make sure she is making the right decisions. It’s so unfair to our teens to assume they will figure out this crazy virtual world without our guidance. I am the mom with one eye on the computer in order to protect her. 🙂

  3. Oh boy… This couldn’t have come at a better time. Had a week from hell with a teenager who has been cruel, stubborn and disrespectful. It’s so hard being a single Mom. I needed to hear that I’m not alone in this. Thank you

  4. This is a great post, Heidi. SO true! I relate to what you said about having raised two into adulthood, how you worried about whether or not they would remain your friends and how even after that, you still worry about the ones still at home for the same reason. Raising teenagers has challenged me to the core, humbled me, caused me to examine and re-examine my heart over and over, taken me to the foot of the cross on a daily basis and caused me to realize just how utterly dependent I am on Him for everything. I haven’t even raised boys into the teens yet….but girls sure are a challenge. 🙂 I have about six months left until boy number one enters the teen years. This, I am sure, will be a similar but very different ride. Thanks for all you share to encourage all the moms in the trenches. 🙂

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