Dear Parent, you are probably holding this cup in complete exhaustion. Maybe you can’t remember when you last had a full night of sleep or a day when nothing unexpected demanded your energy. Loving a kid - one who lives in your house- is crazy hard. Whether you are in a season of wiping runny noses, waking up to a kid kicking you in the face, the extreme emotions of a threenager ... or a preteen, or helping your teen learn to drive, and waiting to see what happens next, we want you to know that you aren’t alone. Adult humans have done this for centuries. And survived. That doesn’t mean it’s been easy. Every kid has a crazy unique story, and they come with nuanced challenges that none of us fully understand. But you’ve got this. You are doing a great job. You are here. You woke up. You filled this cup- and you might even get to drink it. Maybe you should sneak out so you can give yourself personal space long enough to drink all the way to the bottom before the temperature changes. THAT IS OKAY. You are a parent. You have the most important job in the world. What you do today will change the future. Because you are investing in a kid in a way no one else can. When you say a kind word, when you answer a question, when you pause to demonstrate more patience than you feel right now, you are doing something truly remarkable. You may not see it right now. But you are giving a kid exactly what they need right now. Remember, it’s just a phase, so don’t miss it… but also, take breaks, enjoy your coffee. You’ve got this.