Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gratitude Day 18

I am grateful for the standards in the pamphlet For The Strength of Youth. I literally would be lost, in raising teenagers, with out these guidelines. Our house is very teenagerish right now. We have 3 teenagers in the middle of navigating, the sometimes treacherous world, that exists between 13 and 19. In so many ways these years are AWESOME. These kids are hysterical, their friends are down right entertaining and the activities they are involved in are so fun to watch. BUT MAN there are a lot of scary and stressful aspects to raising teenagers in a difficult world. We are so incredibly blessed with great teenagers. So far our big kids are nailing it! And so much of that, I believe, has come from the standards that we expect them to live by. Kaden will be 16 in less than a week. This is a whole new world for us. He will begin group dating and driving and for us he will also begin managing his own bank account. A few weeks ago there was a knock at our door and Kaden was asked to the Winter Formal Dance. I was smiling and snapping pictures but later I had a sort of I-AM-NOT-READY moment. But that was quickly followed by a sweet assurance that Kaden has been taught and guided and has a conviction for himself of the standards we live by. "Teach correct principals and let them govern themselves." Let the fun begin!

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