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Every parent tries to be the best parent they can be. Unfortunately, parenting does not come with a manual. In fact, we learn to parent either by how we were parented, or through other experiences we collect along the way. The truth is, parenting is hard work.
When you become a parent, you learn that you will forever worry that your child will be happy and okay in life. One parent shared her journey with us, and we thought we would share it with you.
Julie had an active, happy 16 year old. As far as she could tell, life was good. But, overtime she noticed that her daughter was disconnected, slept a lot, had a whole new group of friends, and didn't spend much time with the family anymore. Of course, she was worried, but she didn't really know what to do.
Then it happened. One day she got a call from the principal at her daughters high school. Her daughter had been brought into the office after a classmate reported that she had drugs at school. Her jaw dropped! She knew things had been different around the house, but she didn't expect this.
She went to the school and took care of the legal things, and then went home in fear that she could lose her daughter to drugs. Then she remembered her PEN community. She reached out and ended up having coffee with a group of people who cared as much about her child as they did their own. They listened intently and loved her deeply. They assured her that not only was she not alone, but that with support and resources she and her family would be alright.
Julie was connected with trusted therapists and community organizations that could help. But more importantly she was mentored in how to choose a therapist, talk to her child, and take care of herself along the way. She was invited to PEN hosted events, and learned that she was not alone.
Benjamin Spock said, "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."
PEN will embrace any concern you have, and walk hand-in-hand with you along the way. They will help you dig deep inside yourself to find the strength to embrace this journey.