It truly feels like a parenting win. I had a long talk with my teenage daughter on the weekend. One of those talk you always hope to have, but don’t believe will ever happen. Especially not during their teenage years.
Parenting is challenging. Parenting while dealing with an incurable chronic illness isn’t easy either. We’ve been through hell and back this year. There was a lot of times when I questioned if we were all going to make it. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there is still a lot of work involved. Life isn’t easy. Happiness really resides in those small moments. Those are the ones we need to hold on to and remember.
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”Benjamin Spock
She told me that I was the one who raised her. That I had thought her not to keep quiet in the face of inequality, bullying, prejudice, etc. That I had though her independence of thought and how to stand up for yourself. That I had though her to seek help when you need it and that there was no shame in having mental health issues or learning disabilities and that everyone is worthy of respect.
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”Anne Frank
I’m sitting here, writing in down, still shocked that such a conversation took place. I’ll consider this a parenting win.