The biggest challenges that most parents face are their teens hurting, troubled or in crisis. Cutting, depression, suicidal tendencies, abandonment, rejection, low self-esteem, self-harm, adoption issues and addictions are many of the issues that teens are dealing with. Having raised and still raising teens, I have been through the gamut of some of these crises.
I have also found that not many parents want to talk about their teen’s issues due to shame and embarrassment. Not wanting to continue in our struggles, I chose to seek help. I learned that it was easier to talk about what I was going through and share the pain as a hurting parent than to hold it inside and be alone. It was also important for me to understand my broken and hurting teen. We have come a long way and have learned so much. Now it is time to pass on that wisdom and knowledge that I have learned onto other parents.
My goal is that everyone that reads this blog would be encouraged and see a ray of hope in the midst of their difficult journey. Although I am not a writer, I do feel led by God to share my stories from my heart so that others can find help and encouragement too. I would also like to acknowledge some very valuable and important people who have made a large impact in our family – Dr. Nancy Gearhart (Psychologist), Dr. Julie Wegyrn (Psychologist and Counselor), Dr. Frank A. Vassallo (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) and Cynthia Griffin (Counselor).
The blog is called Anchor of Promise because Jesus has been my anchor through all these trials that I have gone through with my daughters. He has promised me through His Word that I will not be forsaken and He will provide me the strength, hope and answers to our family’s troubles. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Please note: I am not a licensed mental health care worker. As a parent, I will encourage you, give you resources, share my experiences and pray for you. I would highly recommend that you find help from someone in the mental health field for any type of counsel you may need for your teen and family. God bless you.