It feels less than honest for me to post a pretty picture and tell a fairy tale.
I am struggling today. Parenting is the most rewarding and most challenging role in my life. I’ve tried to remember what it was like to be a young adult, to take the values I learned as a child and test each one. I keep my mind open and approach him with understanding and acceptance. I pray for his safety. I wait for him to learn on his own, making sure he has the tools to find his way. I try not to step in unless I am really needed. And then I worry what might happen if I do not intercede.
Some days are not joyful, but they are still worthwhile.