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Never Parent Alone

News flash! Parenting is hard.

It’s probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your entire lifetime. Once you feel like you’ve got the hang of it and things are running smoothly, BAM! Life comes at you fast and throws yet another obstacle at you.

Some days, you’re probably left wondering if anyone (you or your teenager) will make it out alive.

You’re not alone.

And I mean that in more ways than one. I mean you’re not alone because everyone who has ever raised a teenager knows what it’s like. So you’re not the only one.

But I mean you’re not alone for another reason too. The truth is you were never meant do this whole parenting thing by yourself. Back in the day, entire communities would rally around their young people to make sure they were raised to respect others, love others, and grow in wisdom.

But in today’s world, we find ourselves more isolated than ever... and more overwhelmed than ever, too.

There’s a quote (maybe you’ve seen it on Facebook or something) that says,

Find your tribe and love them hard.

So that’s exactly what I want to challenge you to do.

Who are the people, besides you, who can rally around your kid?

Who can come alongside you to love, influence, and guide your teenager along with you?

If you want to make it out of the teenagers years alive, find some people, your people, who will surround your kid with encouragement and wisdom. When choosing these people, remember that it will be their voices your kids hear in their heads for years to come, helping guide their actions and decisions. Choose people you trust to speak life into your kid when you’re not around.

So here’s a tip: take a second right now and make a list of people you can trust to influence your kid.

Who popped into your mind? Is it a relative, a family friend, a coach, a teacher, or maybe a volunteer from your church?

Whoever it is, give them a call, shoot them a text, or send them an email right now. Ask for their help or thank them for the ways they’re already loving and influencing your kid.