A popular news station here in Tampa completed a weeklong series today which delved into the minds of local teens. The stories covered everything from bullying and secret drug use to the effect of social media on their interpersonal skills.
My 18-year-old daughter Chelsea was selected to be one of the teens featured and I have to say, I’m really proud (and pleasantly surprised) by how well she handled herself in front of the camera. She appeared exactly as she always has: poised, level-headed and bright.
So, why am I amazed? As a parent, I’m always concerned about whether or not I’m doing the right thing by my children. I know they “listen” to me, but do they really “hear” me? Do they see my protection as oppression? Have I given them the knowledge they need to handle themselves appropriately when I’m not around?
I’d be lying if I told you I knew with absolute certainty that Chelsea would knock the interview out of the box the way she did. Going in, all I could do was hope. And, it’s what I continue to do every day. I hope that we’ve provided her with a balanced upbringing. I hope that she feels safe enough to openly and honestly express herself. I hope she continues to go in the direction she’s been trained to go and never depart from it.
The word hope is simply defined as, “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” And, based on this interview, my hope is becoming my reality.