The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received March 6, 2019

We recently celebrated our son’s 16th birthday. Trust me, Jeff and I spent more than a few moments wondering where the time had gone. How was it that we now have a daughter in college and a son who is allowed to get a drivers license?!

The celebration was simple, involving a dozen of his friends—some new, some he’s known his whole life. We laughed, we bowled, we ate pizza and cake. He planned it all himself . . . and it was glorious. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But to be honest—I originally didn’t think it could be this way.

I still remember the conference volunteer who picked me up at the airport when my kids were small. When she said she had four teenagers, I responded, as many people would, “Oh my! Bless you! How are you surviving?” I had the impression that the “adolescent years” were something to brace for. I dreaded the idea of my sweet little ones morphing into distant and disrespectful teens.

The volunteer smiled. “I have to tell you: I think that stereotype is so wrong. And dangerous.”

And I can honestly say that what she said next was the single most important piece of parenting advice I’ve ever received—especially for the teen years, but really, for any age.

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  • I could not agree more with this perspective. My kids are grown, but I loved having them in my life as teens. I loved having all their friends over, too! We hung out with them, playing games, and (me trying to cook and then ordering pizza because I cannot cook); those years bring back such great memories, our teens became our friends in which we still have today and they are all in their 20’s. But I will say, not only did we ask them to practice grace with us as parents, we had to practice grace with them. Grace upon grace…theirs and ours working together. I also saw God grow us as parents in ways unimaginable during those teen years. Wonderful post! 🙂