MajorMomma - One Mom's Efforts to Lovingly Save Her Teen


Editor’s note: That this article should have been scheduled for today is one of those “eery coincidence” moments that seem to happen around here at I have been in conversation with blogger Jennifer Schafer, founder of, since December about how we might share her work with our readers here at  A visit to her blog and the letter she shares below will let you know that she is a woman on a mission, to save not only her own son, but others like him who face so many of the pressures presented by a society seemingly gone crazy. I have a heart for moms like Jennifer, since I am in the thick of raising my own teen and pray daily for the grace to lead him (or perhaps to simply walk alongside him) — intact — into his future. On a week like this one where we buried three teens as the result of senseless violence, the fight for our children’s future seems critical and daunting. I thank Jennifer Schafer for her words here, and for the work she is doing at, but more importantly in her own home. Please keep her family in your prayers and add her website to your favorites, and please join me in praying for all of God’s children. LMH

I am just a mom trying to safely navigate my teenager through these treacherous years.

Teenagers are up against a monster…Today’s Society. Specifically I’m talking about drugs, alcohol, the media, peer pressure and decisions made by other parents.

In September, we sent our 16 year old son, kicking and screaming, to a military school. This came as a surprise to him as one day he was sitting in his Catholic high school, and the next day he was meeting his new fellow cadets.

This has not been easy for any of us, but the sleepless nights that followed my long, silent drive back home after leaving him in someone else’s hands, were unbearable. So I started to write.

Initially, my words were meant for my sister and other family members, but luckily others have found it. I’ve been writing about this journey as honestly as I possibly can, and now I think I’m over the “What will people think?” phase.

Prayer, talks with girlfriends, support from his Catholic grade school community, strangers, and strength from my wonderful faith-filled family are all working together to create the best “village” a mom could pray for to help her child grow up to be a good Catholic man.

He’s going to make it – I’ll make sure of it.

Visit for more support and encouragement

Copyright 2012 Jennifer Schafer


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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