This morning, I sent my daughter off to middle school with a prayer and a kiss on her head. In the past 45 minutes, we laughed, hugged, fussed, apologized, and fussed again. This is a microcosm of our days. She is snuggly and gentle one minute, barking out demands the next. I am patient and engaged, and then quickly become annoyed and frustrated.
Middle school parenting is not for the faint at heart. This is such a pivotal period of human development. Opinions about themselves, the world, and their God are being shaped. The stakes are higher than they have ever been. If we aren’t careful, the rough seas of adolescence will toss us overboard.
I must start off by confessing, I am the clueless parent of a middle schooler. The mood swings and tumultuous temperament baffle me daily. I soak up every resource I can find on parenting tweenagers. I need some kind of guide to help me on this raging sea. Ultimately, 1 Corinthians 13 proves to be a great place to drop my anchor.
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