I always feel like I’m supposed to magically know what to do or say in any situation. Perhaps I missed a bunch of days in “how to be a human” school cuz I don’t. Then again, perhaps one of the reasons people usually prefer to live predictable lives surrounded by predictable people is because it minimizes those uncomfortable caught-off-guard moments of life. However, life has a way of forcing us into situations where we don’t know what to do. Those ways are often called children. Or it could be financial trouble, illness, addiction or pretty much any other human being you have contact with.
We need to make peace with the reality that not knowing what to do is normal. It doesn’t mean you or anyone else has done something wrong. It’s OK. As often as not, you just have to wing it and hope for the best. The trick is not to worry about the fact that you are winging it. Instead, keep your head and take a note of the results of whatever you decide to do. Experience is a much better teacher than who ever was in charge of that “how to be a human” school!