We parent the way we do because we love you so much that we want to give you more than what you may want today. We want to give you a future that is brighter and more joyful than you can even imagine. A future that is not marred by unwise, impulsive or destructive choices. A future that doesn't rob you of any of your possibilities. And a future that will open the doors of opportunity for you to achieve the dreams that we know are now forming in your soul.

Being a teenager isn't easy. But being a parent is even harder. We pray that one day (far, far in the future) you will have this experience for yourself. But for today, we are concentrating on keeping you free of sex, drugs, and alcohol. We are trying to help you get a good education so that you will have more choices open to you in life. And we are trying to prepare you for all that independence that you so desperately want.

But here's a little tip that no one tells you — that independence comes with a price. It's called age! No one gains independence without getting older. And we've already established that by getting older, you become less "cool", lose touch with what's going on, and generally become boring and no fun. So be careful what you wish for — you just might get more than you wanted! You might become old and irrelevant — like us!

So now that we have found some common ground — do you think we could finally have that hug?

Deborah J. Thompson is a writer, artist and Stephen Minister. Her articles are published by Crosswalk.com and "The Fish" family of Christian radio station websites around the country. She shares "Reflections" on Life and Relationships on her website, www.inspiredreflections.info. And she is working on her first book, Your Life, Your Choice, which gives 5 simple steps to harness the power of your choices and bring more Love, Joy and Peace into your life. Join her on  Facebook and Twitter/InspireReflect.