To be honest, my family has been in a season filled with teenager angst clouded by my own insecurity. I’ve been putting up a smokescreen pretending like I know what I’m doing. Taking off the mask and stepping back, I’ve finally raised both of my hands in a posture of surrender. My first-born is now a teenager and I have no clue how to navigate parenting an adolescent. Most days, I have no idea whether I am the root cause or if her hormones are determining her mood swings, tone of voice, distance from her siblings and unwillingness to wake up in the morning.
I have a wise mom friend, a survivor of adolescent parenting with four incredible adult children as proof of her wisdom and God’s mercy, and she continues to win at life with two more amazing teenagers and a five-year-old thriving at home. She reminded me, that even in this difficult season, to remember who my daughter was prior to adolescence. She is still the same little girl – radiant, unafraid, goofy, cuddly, intelligent, longing to please both her mom and dad. Foolishly, I’ve forgotten that’s who she is, who God created her to be, regardless of her hormones or the effects of my lack-luster parenting over the past 14 years.
At the end of our conversation, my wise friend used this word to describe my daughter: exceptional. I am thankful for my friend’s suggestion to remember who my little girl was before adolescence, and it fills my mama heart to remember that is who she still is today. Yes, my child is quite exceptional. Remember – yours is, too!
Jinny + The MOPS Magazine Team
MOMcon Will Be Kickin’ it With DJ Opdiggy and Amena … Lights Out!
Who’s excited for DJ Opdiggy to be back at MOMcon 2017? Not to mention, his beautiful wife, Amena Brown, will be joining him this year as a speaker. Can we get a whoop, whoop?!
Renewal is Almost Over – Don’t Miss Out!
Renewal ends July 31! Don’t delay, renew your MOPS group for the 2017-18 year today. This year, we’re unfolding our wings and experiencing wild and unexpected freedom and we want you by our side for the entire journey. Visit mops.org/renewal to get started.
Have You Seen This?
“Everything has changed, and yet I am more me than I’ve ever been.”
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Who says you can never wear your bridesmaid dress again? Check out how this inspiring woman brings new life to her ’90s bridesmaid dress … and better yet, how she still fits into it!
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As you run countless errands with your kids this summer, this mom reminds us to take Jesus to the grocery store.
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That’s it for this week.
The MOPS Magazine Team