Five Minute Friday.
It’s a party of words, of friends, of encouragement. Where a bunch of us free-write for five minutes on the same one-word prompt, and we gather together at Kate Motaung’s place to share, bless and build each other up. It’s beautiful.
Won’t you join us? Just let the words flow, either on your own blog or in my comments below. You’re always welcome. The door is always open here.
Oh wait. There’s this week’s word:
When the hard personal questions came, I committed to answer them honestly.
“Mom, did you drink when you were a teenager?”
“Mom, did you wait for marriage before having sex?”
“Mom, what was the worst thing you ever did as a kid?”
If my children were bold enough to ask the question, they deserved my honest and open answer.
The answers were usually uncomfortable and often humbling, and were followed with a life lesson. I prayed they would learn from my mistakes.
The questions and conversations continue to arise. Even now, as my children are 20 and 17.
I struggled at the time if being so open was the right thing to do, but time and time again, I see the blessings of that decision.
Such as last night’s conversation with our son.
It was a mountaintop moment in parenting.
When he showed up in the doorway of our workout room, I knew he wanted to talk. I stopped my workout to listen.
He was questioning his plans for the weekend because of the potential for him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He didn’t want to be placed in a compromising situation. (Oh, what a different child he is, compared to what his mother was like at that age!)
If my heart could have smiled at that moment, I’m sure it would have.
I listened. I agreed with his decision to change his plans. And I praised God for the moment.
My son could be open with me, as I’ve been open with him.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from being the perfect parent. I’ve messed up in that area more times than I care to admit. I do believe, however, being open with our children has been one of the best decisions we ever made.
Moms and dads, I encourage you to do the same.
Keep up the good work, moms and dads. No one can parent your kids like you can!
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