"Someone touched me (Jesus); I know that power has gone out from me."
Luke 8:46Mom's Musing:
Feeling zapped? Tweens and teens are emotional energy zappers. Remember the story of the bleeding woman who touched Jesus's cloak and he felt some power go out of him? Don't you feel like that sometimes? Hey..I can even feel like that from a look or an attitude.
Older kids can drain us. When children are little, physical exhaustion is the issue. Now the issues are the cause of emotional exhaustion. They must be dealt with in a timely fashion or they gnaw away at your energy supply. Also, self-care is very important as kids move through this phase. Rest, exercise, friendships, prayer, and God's Word help ease the burden of being a parent of a young adult. There have been mornings where I didn't want to face the day. I was looking at the storm instead at the one who can calm the sea. Burnout is certain if the child is the focus. As the teen spreads his wings, spread yours.
Parenting Tip: Don't stuff the problems, deal with them as they arise. Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Seek support if you feel overwhelmed. Keep your focus on God to maintain perspective. Give your burdens to him. Pray.