I’m not going to pretend that this parenting thing is easy. That if you do all the right things, everything works out great. Because people don’t work that way. Relationships don’t work that way. If you combine A+B, you don’t always get C. That’s the way algebra works, not parenting.
Sometimes parenting means walking through some smelly, ugly stuff. Sometimes you lie awake in bed, pleading with God to protect, to change, to stir the heart of your kid. Sometimes you grieve for the child you once knew. Or the relationship you once shared . . .
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