In this episode, I invite Ganel-Lyn Condie (author of her newest book “The Stewardship Principle”) to discuss her current lived experience as a new “empty-nester.” She shares in her signature style of vulnerability and humorous reflection about her challenges in adult parenting, how she has intentionally prepared for this life transition, where she has found growth, joy, as well as struggle, and how we get to embrace the totality of our lived experience in body, mind, and spirit.
Ganel-Lynn explains that learning to approach life as a series of “stewardships” including our roles as parents, spouses, bodies, health conditions, and even current life situations can empower you stand in the role of observer and student of all life can teach you as well as provide a hopeful and compassionate mindset. Ganel-Lynn teaches that as we see ourselves as stewards in the lives of our adult children, we can hold space for their unique development at every stage of parenting and let go of our ideas of how they “should” be performing. She explains that stewarding creates space for ourselves and our children to be unique, differentiate, and apply the values taught and learned in freedom and love. She admits that this style of parenting has been an everyday journey of learning to honor her own needed growth and self-care as well as allowing space for her kids to learn while in relationship with her.
We both share our journey in parenting adult children, learning to hear and witness their lives, and “steward” over our own needed growth work in order to show up in more supportive ways for what our children. This one is a raw and real conversation between two girlfriends sharing their soul work and the lessons learned.