My girls turn 13 today!
Teens. Much of my career has been spent with them – gaining qualifications to get paid to work with them.
And now I have my very own. All that experience. For such a time as this?
So, as usual I will dedicate a birthday blog. Less is more as you will know if you’re the owner of a teen or of course were one once upon a time. Instead I’ll go for a few pics I’ve snapped over the last week….or so
I have experienced a new look this last few weeks.
I receive the look after saying these simple words. ‘my twins are turning 13’ the look that says ‘you’re in for it’ ‘heaven help you’ ‘been there done that’
I saw the same look as i pushed a double stroller…the look of ‘double trouble’.
OK. I hear you…
But double the blessings and double the fun. I’m excited!
There are so many books on raising teens which I’ll never have time to read with the full time job of…raising teens.
One book I mentioned a few posts back was ‘Family Squeeze’ by Phil Callaway, he illustrates a few thoughts on raising teens which I liked.
Laughter. Keep it light, realise that you don’t need sickness or death for tragedy with teens. Provide a haven of contagious laughter.
Flexibilty. Don’t try and maintain the early years. Go with the ever changing flow.
Encourage discernment. Ask questions, challenge cliches, allow thinking.
Nuture through affirmation. There’s enough voices telling them they aren’t good enough, tall enough, thin enough, clever enough… Be the best tbh for your children.
Stay connected. Invest in time, activity and holidays. Oh yes!
I’m sure I will be receiving much advice in the next while….thank you.
One line I will remember day by teenage day is this:
‘Abounding grace is the hope for mankind‘ A.W. Tozer.
I am thankful that my parents poured out this abounding grace over my life as a teen.
I will do the same.
Happy Birthday Jessica Grace and Emily Rose.
Love from your Biggest Cheerleaders
Our Prayer is…
‘That you walk in the Lord’s presence’
‘That your roots grow down into Him, that your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness’ Colossians 2:7.
‘That you will wait upon the Lord and soar like eagles’ Isaiah 40:31
‘That you will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door, no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven’ Matthew 16:19