Archive for March 2014
Yesterday I posted this on my Twitter–
“I hate my life!” -signature words spoken by my 13-year. Annndddd… We’re doing the right thing as parents!
I have always been a fan of setting clear and well-defined boundaries for children. I believed this even before I became a parent. But now that I am one, the fan-ship has grown exponentially. Sadly, I’ve met a lot of parents who feel the opposite. The reward you gain from setting boundaries goes beyond comprehension but it takes a long time, and a lot of consistency, before you receive it.
Let’s face it- life is extremely hard. The days filled with light and promise are sometimes few and far between. We understand this reality because we’ve experienced it first-hand in our family. But we’re also learning a valuable lesson about hope and the power of community!
As a father and husband, I have fears. At times, it seems as though the fear I wrestle with is crippling. I fear failing my children. I fear failing my wife. I fear my weaknesses being exposed. But I’ve discovered something along the way, as I wrestle with this ongoing battle: Admitting the fears I have, and facing them head on, brings about the strength I need to make it through each day.
Over the past decade we have welcomed a handful of pre-teens and teenagers into our home through foster care. As you can imagine, we’ve learned a few things a long the way. Fostering teenagers is one of the most misunderstood areas of foster parenting. Hopefully this post clears up some of the misunderstandings.