As much as we try to protect our teens from hurtful experiences, there are situations that occur which can turn their lives upside down. When these difficult times come, as parents we reach deep into our souls to find the root of what anchors us. We realize it is our strength and assurance that our child is depending on.
The answers we provide can have a calming affect in troubled times. The courage we show can bring comfort and tranquility to an unsettling situation. The wisdom we demonstrate can offer stability when their world is shaken to the core. Parents are the buffer between their teen viewing the world they live in as confusing and unfair, and experiencing the world they live in with all that is positive and promising.
Hurtful things happen — it’s a part of life. But we come through it — that’s also a part of life. Assuring your teen that there is a sunrise beyond even the darkest day, is healing. The assurance parents provide, that joy and laughter will return to their teen’s life, can make the difference between them giving up in pessimism or going on in optimism.