It’s prom season.
All Seniors and many Juniors go to prom. But is that a must? Is it a “for sure”?
What if your Junior’s grades have tanked? What if your Senior, suffering from “senioritis,” is all full of themselves and has been disrespectful toward teachers or you?
In moments like these, are you, the parent, going to succumb to the societal notion that this event is a deserved, once in a life time moment and you could never take it away from them?
No one deserves anything.
Tell me, what will happen, later in life, when they choose to not show up to work one day because there’s a “once in a lifetime event” going on and they have no vacation time? So they blow it off, because they believe they deserve it?!
If that’s what was allowed when when they were young, they just might get their sorry behinds fired.
Pardon my French.
As parents, we are called to do the absolute tough stuff so our kids will leave the nest, fly, and succeed.
That’s what parenting is all about.
This prom season, we, the Millers, are actually practicing what we preach. One of our daughters has not held up her end of the bargain. She isn’t doing her job of being a student well. She has made some poor choices. And …
But wait, Karen, wasn’t she nominated to prom court?!
Yep, but due to her choices, we have made a choice: She isn’t going. She’ll be sitting home with her mom and dad Friday night. Lucky her.
I believe it hurts me almost as much as it hurts her.
This is the tough stuff of parenting. It’s not easy, but must be done.