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Parenting teenagers with awareness
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The Reiki Centre

Parenting teenagers with awareness

Here's a fun one! I don't usually get into one topic discussions, but then again teenagers are a force unto themselves! Probably the hardest thing I have ever done personally, navigating the teenage (hormonal) coming of age phase of parenting whilst nursing my own (hormonal) grief and devastation at having to let go of my precious bundles of joy! Two egos full tilt bashing against walls of resistance, no wonder its a shit show! But there is a truth to cling to, so beautifully written by Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet: And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children. And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
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