I decided to write this post only because it’s fair. You’ve seen my kids grow up before your eyes over the last 6 years when I started this blog. Because they’re getting older, and can read, and voice their opinions, I have to be careful what and how I write about them. So let me make this post as generic and relatable to everyone who is where I am today.
My kids are officially becoming people. Like, real people and it’s getting scary.
I feel like my time as their mother is ticking away faster than ever. In just a few short 6 years, my daughter will be going off to college and will be a real adult. Okay….that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s true. I feel like now more than ever is the time to start really teaching her life lessons that she will hopefully take with her into adulthood.
What are the signs that our girls are growing into young women?
They start a skin care routine – Your beloved, yet expensive moisterizer and exfoliating cream begins to disappear. You know it’s always in the same two spots that you leave it in after you use it. It’s either in the bathroom cabinet or on your dresser. Now, it’s in her room on her dresser.
Showing independence – Everyday you’re asked when can she walk home either by herself or with friends. Never mind you’re available to pick her up every day because you’re schedule allows it. But it’s a daily discussion that turns into a stressful one because you’re not being accused of babying her or being controlling. Never mind that you’re being safe and want to hold onto her as much as possible.
Hairstyles start to change – When you drop her off at the hair salon, she starts to tell YOU how she wants her hair. While you should be okay with that, just make sure you whisper or send a text to the stylist when you leave letting them know that no shaving, hair die, or crazy styles are to given without your permission.
Clothing choices start to change – Gone are the days of cute fluffy skirts, Mary Jane shoes, and Bobby socks. Who am I kidding? My daughter stopped wearing that when she was five years old. Skirts and tights turned into leggings and sneakers, and now expensive snearkers and sweatshirts. Now, your daughter wants to shop with you so she can choose her clothes. (Luckily mine hates to shop)
Yes, my friend our kids are growing up fast. I am learning that what’s most important are the life lessons we teach rather than the exfoliating cream that’s used in the privacy of her room.
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