One of the toughest periods of parenting for Mom and Dad is the teenage years.
We find ourselves at the end of legal responsibilities. We have a child ready to embark into that final moment of true independence. We say to ourselves that they cannot possibly be ready. We want to help. We want to remain in control. Parenting is a job we find we are unwilling to relinquish yet.
Someone once told me a story of two cocoons. Both contained butterflies ready to emerge. One was gently cut from its constraints. The other had to struggle until it was free. But, this one, the one which fought was the one that could fly. The other could not.
The greatest lessons we learn in life aren’t the ones we are taught by our parents. They are the ones we discover on our own.