Getting Ready for Junior High

I have really enjoyed the elementary stage of life – the fun crafts, the play days, the games, and most of all, the faith in Mom as the All-Knowing One. It is a quite an ego booster!

Recently though, my husband and I have noticed that our beautiful daughter has begun to question many of our decisions. She has begun to want to explore her own thoughts on the subjects we discuss. She is growing up and changing from a little girl to a big girl – a preteen!

This past summer I was hit with the fact that I have a soon-to-be junior higher—no longer elementary. I must be ready to change my approach and encourage her thoughts, her decisions, her “wings”. My role is to now watch the development of the “wings” as they are exposed, make sure that nothing is bent or misshaped which would cause her to be unable to fly independently in the future.

I must hope and pray that the “roots” are there, are strong, are deeply seeded in God’s Word.

I cannot be shocked by the questioning, but I should be excited that she is not just taking things for granted. I need to be ready to feed her interests and help her find her God-given gifts.

Wow! What a journey being a parent is! I am rounding the next bend and loving the ride!

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