Yesterday I asked my son to do the dishes and he was certain the world was coming to an end.
My other son is struggling with social anxiety – really struggling.
My daughter has been crying nearly every day because she hates having her dad so far away.
It’s kind of the worst when your kids are upset, isn’t it?
It’s the worst mostly because somewhere in the back of our mind, we think they shouldn’t be feeling discomfort. We want to make it better. We think if they are okay, then we can feel okay too.
Our kids will experience hard things – really hard things.
They will fail.
They’ll feel sadness and heartbreak.
They’ll get frustrated.
Sometimes they will question their own worth and feel totally inadequate.
And maybe that’s okay.
I know it doesn’t seem okay, but it’s a normal part of life.
The first step in really being there for them, is accepting negative emotions as part of their experience. When you can make peace with it, rather than try to fix it – you will allow yourself to be present with them.
You can listen. You can love them. You can trust God that their journey is perfect for them.