We don’t have it all figured out, but we’ve got each other’s backs, and, in the end, by the grace of God, that’s enough.
Parenting has been one of the most humbling adventures I’ve ever been on. Whatever I learned in school and from the textbooks gets thrown out the window when my three-year-old refuses to let me buckle her in the car seat while my 9-month old is screaming for his bottle.
Parenting is tough, but God’s grace is stronger. God’s grace and forgiveness is there for us when lose patience, lose our temper, or just plain lose our minds.
Like all parents, my husband and I have spent many hours talking about the best way to parent all four of our kids. We recognize that we would parent our kids differently whether our daughter had ADHD or not. Kids are different and what works for one may not work for the other.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if we’re following the model of our Father God, or at least trying to, we’re moving in the right direction. Parenting is less about a list of how-to’s and more about a posture of grace.
The middle school years can be challenging for both the young adolescents and their parents. But while we might sometimes talk about the “troubled times” of adolescence, we have to be careful not to create a self-fulfilling prophecy for the kids.