It’s been quite a week.
The only man of the house (Steve) was in Australia, leaving the three teenage girls, and middle-aged mother to be on their own.
I wish I could say my week with my beautiful daughters was bliss… as we spent precious time bonding and passing on family traditions. But this last week was a challenge. Girls can be so emotional! And while I don’t want to sell out my girls, I will say that they are all in various stages of teenage growth and hormones. My self control and patience was pushed to the limit. And I wonder…do all mothers and daughters struggle? Like for instance, when your daughter doesn’t make sense. When she cries over something that is so…ridiculous. When she rages. When she argues. When she pulls away. When she rolls her eyes…oh how I hate the eye rolling. How do you handle it?
Several times this last week, I had to take a deep breath and remember that a long time ago, I was just like them. My body, my chemistry, my insecurities, my attitude; I was just like them. And in those years, I was searching for myself and who I was to become. I was longing for love and acceptance. Thank goodness for my stable mom who loved me unconditionally.
Mothers and daughters. It’s a complicated relationship. Just think about all the physical and emotional changes a girl has to deal with. Then add the messages our culture sends to young girls. Eeek. More than ever, we need to provide a stable home with lots of support for our girls. But if we are not handling things well, how can we expect our girls to handle things well?
So here are few things that I have to remind myself when dealing with my girls and their emotions.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV 1 Cor. 13:4-7)
My girls continue to teach me about love.
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