“At some point, you have to learn how to grow up alongside them.”
I remember sitting at the end of a Life Night, where parents were socializing, and teens were snacking. We were wrapping up our “College Bound” Senior Send-Off Night our youth ministry held annually in late July. We all know it’s coming – the farewell. Those teens whom we’ve been with for four (or maybe seven) years through parish ministry were packing their bags, buying bins from Ikea, and posting on Instagram their final moments with BFFs from high school.
A mom looked at me, thanked me for many years with her teen in EDGE and Life Teen and then sighed… “At some point, you have to learn how to grow up alongside them.”
As parents, you’ve been growing towards this day for years simply by parenting your teen and navigating each moment and transition as it came along. You’ve…