Seasons of Parenting

When my children were in the preschool and baby stage it seemed I couldn’t wait until they were older so I could share and converse with them about many different things.  But now that my children are at that age (14, 11 and 10), I’m finding it’s not so easy to converse.  I find myself asking,”Do they really care what I’m saying?”  This is happening mostly with my oldest.  There are some things we can really enjoy together and converse freely about.  One of those things is women’s soccer surprisingly.  He likes soccer a lot and I had never gotten into watching it until recently.  I guess I realized that perhaps this would be a good thing to share since there are fewer and fewer opportunities to really connect with him.  Sometimes I catch myself wanting to relate to him like a good friend and then I’m disappointed when he doesn’t seem to respond in kind.  Well, duh!  We’re not supposed to be friends.  Not yet at least.  This is so different and at times more difficult than when they were little.  The words of the psalmist bring comfort even though I’m sure he was in a much more dangerous situation – “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14

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