I’ve pondered long over this month’s letter and offer it with much empathy and sensitivity due to the fragile nature of its content. Suffering with a hurting child is probably the most difficult task in parenting. I can’t think of anything that is more emotionally consuming and heart wrenching than walking alongside a child who is reeling from emotional or spiritual pain.
“You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.”
Medical issues, friendship difficulties, cultural issues, indescribable social pressures with the recently added electronic and social media barrage lead this youth culture, I am discovering more and more each year, into more anxiety, hurt and suicidal thoughts than I’ve witnessed in 45 years of adolescent counseling.
All is to say, “Growing up can be a painful experience!”