(Inside: When your teen suffers a loss and it’s all out of your control, it’s hard to know what to do. But, this one big thing can help.)
My teen recently suffered a huge loss.
One of those big hurts that parents can do nothing about.
You know the kind…
A broken heart.
Being left out on purpose.
That huge goal that they’ve been burning the midnight oil for not happening. Door closed tight.
The kind of hurt that when you watch it fold in your child’s life, you suck in your breath while time moves like everyone’s wading in honey.
So, I cooked him dinner. The aroma of warm food seeped from the oven, and we all exhaled a smidge.
I made sure I was home on time from work.
I baked cookies because melting chocolate moves us all a smidge toward healing.
When our teen’s heart is ripped out and the daily struggle of healing begins, knowing what to do is challenging. But when I look back on my own epic seasons of struggle in my big-kid-years, what sustained me the most, what got me through my own various versions of loss…
Sustaining me. Nourishing me. Pointing me to hope. Times a million.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.