Its prom and graduation season, this year my little angel joins the ranks of those who are passing that first major milestone into adulthood. My high school graduate went to bed one night when she was 15 and woke up the next morning as if she read the Akashic records of the universe and no longer needed the advice or parenting of her mere mortal parents.
Nonetheless, I continued with my attempts to pour into her and her sister (who by the way had her epiphany at 10 years old) all of the information, wisdom and knowledge I could muster. I also recruited my community to fill in the gap with regards to providing information that I myself needed a better understanding of. I exposed them to various social settings, took them to the seasoned ladies Monday night prayer circle (no judgement), took them to seminars on everything from health, finance, domestic violence, girls empowerment and drugs and alcohol prevention. Most times against their will because of course “they knew it all”.
So imagine my surprise when my graduate sat on my bed and said “Mommy, I don’t think I’m ready for life”. I sat next to her and reminded her of all the preparation we had made over the years. I reminded her that she was a part of a “village” and so many people would be there to support her, all she had to do was reach out. I gave her my usual you are the bomb.com speech on the rare occasions that she needs a pep talk and in a flash she was back to her usual-“I know more than my mom self”.
Days later as I reflected on our conversation, I questioned myself on whether or not I had done enough to prepare her. I thought about all of the other kids whose pictures are flashing all over social media, were they ready? What can we do as a community to get them ready? Do they have a mentor? Do they have a village? As parents, professionals, entrepreneurs, as citizens of the world it is our call to action to make sure that we are sowing our time, wisdom, knowledge and skills with our youth. Each one. Reach one. Join We Care Now in making the commitment to pour into the life of the next generation.