Never Parent Alone

News flash! Parenting is hard. It’s probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your entire lifetime. Once you

feel like you’ve got the hang of it and things are running smoothly, BAM! Life comes at you fast and throws

yet another obstacle at you. Some days, you’re probably left wondering if anyone—you or your teenager—

will make it out alive. You’re not alone. And I mean that in more ways than one. I mean you’re not alone

because everyone who has ever raised a teenager knows what it’s like. So you’re not the only one. But I

mean you’re not alone for another reason too. The truth is you were never meant do this whole parenting

thing by yourself. Back in the day, entire communities would rally around their young people to make sure

they were raised to respect others, love others, and grow in wisdom. But in today’s world, we find ourselves

more isolated than ever . . . and more overwhelmed than ever, too. There’s a quote (maybe you’ve seen it

on Facebook or something) that says, “Find your tribe and love them hard.” So that’s exactly what I want

to challenge you to do. Who are the people, besides you, who can rally around your kid? Who can come

alongside you to love, influence, and guide your teenager along with you? If you want to make it out of the

teenagers years alive, find some people, your people, who will surround your kid with encouragement and

wisdom. When choosing these people, remember that it will be their voices your kids hear in their heads for

years to come, helping guide their actions and decisions. Choose people you trust to speak life into your kid

when you’re not around. So here’s a tip: take a second right now and make a list of people you can trust to

influence your kid. Who popped into your mind? Is it a relative, a family friend, a coach, a teacher, or maybe

a volunteer from your church? Whoever it is, give them a call, shoot them a text, or send them an email right

now. Ask for their help or thank them for the ways they’re already loving and influencing your kid.

Credit: Grow Curriculum

George Dirling