14 Things I’ve Learned in 14 Years of Parenting


Our oldest turns 14 today. We are very proud of the sweet, creative, confident, smart, and entrepreneurial young woman Macy has become. In these last 14 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about parenting. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Parenting is hard. 2. Parenting is fun. 3. Parenting is confusing. 4. Parenting is exciting. 5. Parenting is boring. 6. Parenting is easy sometimes (not often). 7. Parenting is frustrating sometimes (more often). 8. Parenting is wonderful. 9. Parenting is sanctifying and the grounds for much worry-turned-prayer. 10. God is good.

Oh, you were expecting parenting advice? My personal rule of thumb is not to take most, if any, parenting advice from people whose kids aren’t fully grown human beings yet, and therefore I tend not to dish much out myself. Sorry about that.

Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, you will learn the tricky contextual nuance of that Proverb.

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