Self Care

Jul 28
Parenting Teens Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely By: Sheryl Gould

What We Need Are Soul Sisters

I understand the frustrations and worries of parenting a challenging teen. You feel alone, hopeless, scared and confused—not knowing what to do. I have experienced a teenager struggling with ADHD, depression, defiance, hanging with the wrong crowd, and addiction, to name a few.  I understand first-hand how you can feel worn down and as though you failed as a mom.

Motherhood can be especially lonely and it’s easy to want to withdraw when the going gets tough. I have no doubt that parenting teens can potentially break our illusions of being a perfect mother. And when confronted with these challenges, even the most confident moms can feel like they failed miserably.

What I also know and have experienced is the power, hope, and healing that comes through a supportive community of moms. Moms who are courageous and openly share their hearts and struggles. Moms who are willing to be “messy”, admit they are FAR from perfect, and share their challenges. I call these brave women “soul sisters”. These are the women who show up, listen, and walk beside you through the hills and valleys, not only of parenting but life.

Soul sisters share a desire for meaningful connections. They possess a hunger to learn, grow and transform in order to achieve the life and relationships they desire. As they give and receive kindness, grace, and compassion together, they increase their capacity to love themselves and others whole-heartedly.

Eleven years ago, in the middle of a crisis, I stepped out in faith and joined a group of soul sisters. In this community, I became more self-aware of my feelings and the behaviors that were keeping me stuck. Together we have inspired, strengthened, and reassured one another—holding a higher vision for all we can be.

feeling alone dealing with teenagersI am grateful to say that my adult child has now been sober for over eight years. However, the greatest transformation has taken place in me, my marriage and my family. I believe that whatever we are going through, our struggles are not in vain. Conflict and crisis can be a catalyst for change and an opportunity for growth. As much as we might be tempted to run for cover and hide, we are wise to embrace the pain and allow it to do its work so it can positively impact our life. I want to acknowledge that this is a process. I understand if you are not there. It takes time. It’s important to be patient and kind to yourself in this process.

No matter what you may be going through, I want you to know that you are not alone. I encourage you to reach out to a trustworthy friend and share your struggles. You’ll be amazed at what this can do to lighten your load. It might even invite another mom to open up and share what she is going through.

We also invite you to join our community on Facebook. Join our discussions! And, please feel free to drop me an email and let me know how MOTTS can better support you!

There is a wellspring of life, support, encouragement, and hope waiting for you in a community of moms here at MOTTS.

Sheryl Gould

Hi! I'm Sheryl and I'm so glad you're here!

Are you tired of having the same arguments with your adolescent son or daughter? Scared that you’re failing as a mom? At your wit’s end and not sure what to do?

I can help. I’ve coached moms for over 12 years to become conscious, calmer and more connected parents. And I know the difference it makes when you get support and learn new ways of relating. It changes everything!

Hi! I'm Sheryl and I'm so glad you're here!

Are you tired of having the same arguments with your adolescent son or daughter? Scared that you’re failing as a mom? At your wit’s end and not sure what to do?

I can help. I’ve coached moms for over 12 years to become conscious, calmer and more connected parents. And I know the difference it makes when you get support and learn new ways of relating. It changes everything!

Categories: Self Care

2 responses to “Parenting Teens Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely”

  1. Elizabeth Etheridge says:

    Im Elizabeth Etheridge..My som is 15 years old. Im struggling with him alot . He’s using drugs for be honest is weed and I think pills too. He has ugly attitude with and my husband he doesn’t have any respect to nobody . I feel like Im living in hell. I don’t know what to do.

    • Sheryl Gould says:

      Elizabeth, that is so tough. I’m sorry that you’re struggling and that your son is too. Do you have a good friend to talk to or a school counselor you can reach out to? I want you to know you’re not alone. I went through the same thing. And getting support made all the difference. You can email me at Sheryl@momsoftweensandteens.com. If you don’t have support we can talk about resources to help you.

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My passion and mission for MOTTS was born out of my personal journey – a journey that took me from a place of being fearful to show others the real me, to a place of slowly opening my heart to being authentic; a place of shame wanting to hide my challenges and struggles to experiencing the grace and love of being known and accepted; a place of not knowing what to do, to a place of experiencing the healing, wisdom, and transformation that comes from being a part of a community of women who are willing to share their hearts and allow themselves to be seen and known.

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