When kids misbehave, I often take it personally, like they’re consciously attacking. Is it just me?
We’ve been having an ongoing battle with our teen over the last few months.
It makes me question everything.
Everything I’ve ever said or done – and what I should’ve would’ve could’ve.
The Internet can harbor EVIL. We’re in a battle for her soul. Google+ Communities that seem harmless on the surface conceal wickedness that can suck kids and teens (and adults) in a tangled web of sin.
I prayed. I cried. I cajoled. I set limits and boundaries. I removed privileges. I deleted accounts. I set passcodes, passwords, restrictions.
Thankfully, the rules broken were not worse than they could have been.
But rules were broken. Trust is destroyed. Brittle relationships shatter.
I am saddened by so many parents going through similar circumstances. We, as good and decent Christian parents, think we’re doing all the right things. We read the right books. We pray the right prayers. We follow the right blogs. Yet our children still stray.
And I am oh, so thankful to draw this line now, a week before she turns fourteen. In a few years, I won’t have much sway over her. My influence is waning. I fight for her heart and soul now. By then, maybe she will have figured it out and decided to walk straight.