Recently, my adult children have all returned home and I now find myself mothering people who don’t really want to be mothered. I find that deeply conflicting. How do you stop being a mother? Or turn it off and on like a tap, applying different amounts of pressure, at just the temperature, at just the right time? I don’t know. I’m just doing my best.  That’s all any of us can do.

I was having a conversation recently with another mum who has recently become a grandma. She is trying to navigate supporting her kids, to help them raise their child. This too can be tricky. There is so much wisdom in others who have gone before us and have learned along the way. But are we prepared to listen?

The same principle applies to us and God. Who knows better than the creator of the universe, how we should live, and love, and work, and parent?  If Jesus is God incarnate, then he should know a lot. (Now, that’s an understatement!)

Jesus has a lot to say about a lot of things. While thousands of years have passed by since he walked the earth, man is still the same. We are not as enlightened as we’d like to think we are. And so, the parenting cycle repeats itself, day after day, millennia after millennia. The challenges we face may not be exactly the same, eg. Social media; however, issues of love, identity and gender are as old as time itself. They just present in different skin.

We are not alone in our struggles. We have the wisdom of God, (open the Bible), and the warmth and support of each other.

Mrs Tammy Perrim / Head of Middle School