It took my sister by utter surprise because Mom came from behind (and didn't do things like this!). As I watched my mom's unjustified anger turn into shock, and my sister's face turn into a "What just happened?" look, in a nervous response I burst into uncontrollable laughter.

Fortunately, my response broke the tension of the moment and we all ended up laughing together as though we were mimicking a Three Stooges scene. Years later, we discovered in a true confession that Mom had an argument with Dad and was still angry with him when she returned home. When she realized he was gone, her anger exploded on my sister's head. No, moms are not perfect (can you relate?), but moms are called. We are called to be the guardian of the symphony of our daughter's life.

March 1, 2010

Excerpted from Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna's book Raising a Modern-Day Princess, a Focus on the Family book. Copyright (c)2009, Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

Doreen Hanna is the founder and president of Treasured Celebations Ministries. She is the coauthor of Becoming a Modern Day Princess, a biblically based rite-of-passage progrem for teenage girls. She is a faculty member and motivational speaker for CLASS (Christian Leaders Authors & Speakers Services), and has been a women's Bible study teacher and trained biblical counselor for more than 25 years.

Pam Farrel is a relationship specialist, international speaker, and author of over 30 books, including the best-selling Men Are Like Waffles -- Women Are Like Spaghetti. Pam has been a pastor's wife and a director of women's ministries and is president of Seasoned Sisters. Pam and her husband, Bill, have a newspaper and magazine column on relationships and are frequent guests on shows like Focus on the Family.