The clock is ticking. This time at home with your child is fleeting. Years pass in the blink of an eye. Eighteen years and they pack their car and wave goodbye. If we do our job right, they will seek their fortune and their destiny with confidence and courage. The adventure of leaving home and leaving you is just part of their journey, and ours.
can't live every moment, dreading the inevitable-but we can train
ourselves to make the most of time together. I have talked
alot about making memories, making moments, making a home. A simple way
of affirming your child and perhaps smoothing over a rough time could be
a letter. A love letter to your teen.
Now, I don't
mean all gushy and mushy. That will just turn your child off and
probably embarrass them. Don't be too abstract or rhetorical. Identify
specific attributes and use specifics to support your point.
An example? You
face challenges head on and with courage. Algebra II was definitely a
hurdle but you studied, got tutoring, worked with your teacher and gave
up other activities to bring your grade up and prepare for the next
year. Dad and I are so proud of you!!!
Perhaps your daughter has an after-school babysitting job. I
am so proud that others trust you and know how responsible you are.
Mrs. Smith knows she can count on you to care for Ivy and knows Ivy is
is safe and happy. I am also busting my buttons that you are earning
your own money and adding it to your college fund. You are something
Things a little dicey at your house? Even more the reason to write an affirming note.
Glad we had that meeting of the minds last night. Though we may not
agree on a few house rules, I know we agree that we love each other and
will both strive to come up with a workable solution. I miss that beautiful smile at the dinner table. Let's talk.
the parent. Who better knows all the good things about your teen.
Hey, you've got bragging rights! Write a little something or write a
lot. Then, pass it on. It's important. chrissie