Single Moms: Keeping a Sense of Humor

Posted by singlemom

July 15, 2009 | Leave a Comment

S1metimes it can be hard to keep a sense of humor, sometimes it can be easy. Either way, a sense of humor is imperative when raising children.

What about when your young adult does something wrong? Maybe she steals. Maybe he breaks gets caught selling drugs to his friends.. How do we keep a sense of humor in the face of such things?

Well, I am here to tell you. Your young adult is not perfect, and he or she will eventually do something wrong. The only thing that matters is how you react to the situation, and how you support your child.

Mind you, I am not talking about murder, rape or child abuse. I have no idea how parents handle these types of situations. I cannot even imagine how hard that can be for a parent.

However, I do have a young adult child who is not perfect. She has messed up. She did something with her friends that she should not have done. She knows it was wrong. She is trying to better her life, and she is willing to deal with the consequences of her actions.

At first, I was upset to learn of the situation. It lasted only a few minutes, and I am thankful that she was not here when I received the news. I would have completely messed up the situation by overreacting.

After a few minutes, I was fine. I thought about things that I did when I was young. Things my friends did when they were young. And things that other family members have done. Some got caught, some didn’t.

My daughter did.

I talked to her, told her some stupid things that I and others have done, let her know that I still love her, and did not lose my temper with her at all.

In return, she trusts that I will be there for her. She knows that I love and care about her. And she knows that I still want to be around her.

How do you handle these situations?

Shannon


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