Parenting can be a lot of things, joyous, heartbreaking, tearful, happy, fun, painful, stressful, etc. I could go on and now. I’m sure if you are a parent or recall the things that you or your siblings put your parents through you can certainly add to the list.
The last few months in our house have been a blur, really almost like the last year. That’s from my point of view, now imagine it for teenagers. When I sit back for a minute and think about all the things that my son and daughter have going on in their lives, it can be overwhelming.
Senior year, SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement classes, part-time jobs, sports, extra circular activities, friends, social events, college applications, college essays, Netflix, homework, social media, prom, scholarships, chores, sleep, etc. Damn, they are busy.
My wife and I try to keep this in mind when dealing with our children. We’re not pushovers, but cut them some slack when we know they have a lot on their plate. The twins part-time job is a double edge sword, an excellent way to earn cash to spend on outings with friends, but a big time suck.
I have seen it in their eyes after a long shift the FOMO setting in because they could not attend an event with friends. Dealing with an unruly customer that just ruined their day.
What kind of dad would I be if I didn’t provide a little wisdom of perspective to brighten their day?