When Parents Dreams Turn into Disappointments

As parents we can often be disappointed by our teen’s actions. There will be victories but there will be disappointments too. I have reblogged this very honest and straightforward personal story from a parent who has experienced this. Maybe you will find yourself in the same position wondering if you are alone. These parents are telling you that you are not. But there is hope, faith and peace even among your struggles as a parent.

Hope For Hurting Parents

Today’s blog is an excerpt from the book I’m writing about my difficult journey as a parent.

“No one is exempt from tragedy or disappointment—God himself was not exempt. Jesus offered no immunity, no way out of the unfairness, butDisappointment rather a way through . . .” (Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God; Zondervan. New York, NY. 1988; p.217)

As loving, conscientious parents we had the need to find an explanation for why things turned out like they did with our daughter. At nineteen, she was struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, bipolar, anxiety, cutting, and trauma from being raped. How could this happen to the dreams I had for her? What did I do wrong? It’s not fair! Where is God? I was so angry and disappointed.

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