We have ten children. Five of them have brought us through the turbulent, confusing, emotional time of transition between childhood and adulthood, and so far we have all survived, though we have had our moments of doubt.
We thought we had it all together when our kids were under 12. Then, within three months of his 8th-grade year, our oldest son started dating a girl without telling us, got a black eye from a guy he had a disagreement with, and drove our car onto the lawn and knocked down our fence (the only casualty was the fence, thank God!). We panicked! It was like we didn’t even know how to parent any more. And we thought getting babies to sleep through the night was hard!
Though we felt completely inadequate, we knew that it is at this stage of burgeoning independence that our son needed our guidance more than ever….