Love Must Be Tough

Often, love must be tough. When a young person finishes high school and is not motivated to work or go to college, what’s a parent to do? Do we simply let them sleep half the day and party with their friends every night? Not if you love your child. It’s time for a family conference. Mom and Dad need to be united. The message is, “We love you very much. We will help you go to college, get technical training, join the military, or get a job, but we will not support your present lifestyle. We will give you six weeks to decide what direction you want to take. We love you too much to watch you waste your life.” The decision now rests with the young adult. Tough? Yes! But loving!