I have a very hard time with the fact that my oldest child is 19. In fact, I’m having such a hard time with it that I originally typed that he was 18. It seems that my brain cannot comprehend that in a matter of months, my baby will be 20. (Cue the “Nope, don’t like that” meme from The Office.) So, it turns out that it is a very good thing indeed that this week’s episode is all about flipping the script on parenting adults.
Flipping the Script on Parenting Adults
If you are in the same season of motherhood I am (or even getting close to it), you too think it’s really hard to grasp that sooner rather than later, your own kids are going to start graduating, finding jobs, getting married, and even becoming parents themselves! And, like me, it is a season of parenting that you’re both really beginning to look forward to while simultaneously being completely scared to death of. Then again, that’s probably how we all feel about every new phase of motherhood, isn’t it?
Topics covered include:
- job searches
- fostering our kids’ vocations (both to marriage and the religious life)
- being a mother-in-law
- parenting without fear
- and more!
Now, maybe this episode should’ve been called “Flipping the Script on Parenting Young Adults”, but what’s done is done. I know there’s a whole episode that could be done about how parenting really never stops. I’m sure that any mother of a mid-lifer would agree to that. But that’s another episode for another time. Today, we talk young adults. Because frankly, that’s scary enough.
Who is Kathryn?
Kathryn Scheibmeir is a Victim Services Coordinator with her local District Attorney’s Office in Texas. Prior to doing this work, though, she was a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years. She and her husband Peter have 9 children, 8 boys and 1 girl, six of whom are in their 20s. She says that she started her parenting journey looking forward to the perfect Norman Rockwell moments life could bring, but has found the bawdiness and messiness of reality to be much, much better. Kathryn truly is wise and funny and I felt so lucky to be able to chat with her about this next phase of parenting.
Quick Links from the Episode
Make sure to follow Kathryn on Instagram @9peas!
Not ready for adults, but still want to hear about teenagers? Check out last season’s episode with Kathryn Whitaker!