Help for Our Teens When They Need It

I want to share something useful and important for our teens before the blog gets quiet again for several days.

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First, a few thoughts. I have four teenage daughters right now, including Zoe, who has been with us nearly nine months now. Annarose is in college and moving out in a few months. The other three are in high school, a freshman, sophomore, and junior.

Having homeschooled for so many years, this still feels very new to me and we’re navigating decisions one weekend, one athletic event, and one dance at a time.

I probably worry more than I should – or not, but my children’s safety is terribly important to me, as I know yours is to you.

No matter what they’ve done, where they are, who they are with, we want them to know they can always call us for help at any moment and we will be there. I don’t want them to be afraid to call us, their safety is all that matters. We will pick up the pieces later.

Bert Fulks wrote an excellent post with a practical solution to the challenge of keeping our kids safe when they are in a situation that has gotten over their heads and they don’t know how to get out.

X-Plan: Giving Your Kids a Way Out (#xplan) by Bert Fulks

We’re going to sit down with our girls and talk this through next week.

I would love to know what you think.

In unrelated and happy news, we are making progress on the move back to One Thankful Mom. My heart feels so good about this and I can’t wait to be back where I belong.

I’m sending out a friends-letter tomorrow morning. If you would like a short, more personal email from me, delivered right to your inbox, you can sign up here. It only takes a moment to sign up, and I promise you can read it in a minute or so.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be on my way to Atlanta for the March gathering of Created for Care. What a blessing it will be to speak to the mamas; truly, it is an honor.

I’m packing my suitcase one last time and when I get home it’s going in the closet for a long rest.

I’ll see you next week.



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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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