Parenting Practicals

The Pain of Rejection

Rejection is part of life. Everyday life. I keep thinking about my years as a volleyball player, rejecting someone was a great thing. As I grew into my shoes as a parent all of a sudden this doesn’t feel like such a great thing. It was so heart wrenching to watch my child be ignored or rejected by his or her peers. Consoling my kids through these ages was virtually like hitting my head on the kitchen counter a dozen or so times. It seems they couldn’t decide one way or another how it was I, the parent, fit into their lives. One minute they want to climb into my lap and enjoy consoling like a toddler and the next minute they are wordlessly climbing the stairs to hide in their headphones.

My youngest son was the perfect etching of the hiding in his headphones. Trying to get a word…

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About the Author

Kate Mims

Kate Mims is the mom of three boys. She was married for 30 years until in 2015 her husband, Deacon Mike Mims, passed away unexpectedly in a crash. Kate has been volunteering with Life Teen in her parish, Saint Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands Texas for over a decade. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Life Teen International. Kate was blessed to be born a Catholic, but through her husband’s conversion she was able to attend RCIA and later the Seminary with him. During this time she learned to love her faith. She is absolutely certain that what Socrates said about the world is true about her Catholic faith, “The more you learn the less you know.”