When I was pregnant, I was super excited to find out that I was having a girl! I would think about all the cute little outfits to buy, the headbands, etc. I remember thinking that it should be easier to parent a daughter since I, of course, am a girl. I know how girls think and such and I could handle the job. Oh boy, if I only knew how much harder it is to parent a teenage girl.
Fast forward 14 years…I was not prepared to parent a teenage girl! Send help!
I do not remember fourteen-years-old being such a tough time for me. I don’t remember constantly having an attitude with my parents. I mean I’m sure I did, but I feel like it didn’t start until at least sixteen. The estrogen is in full effect over here!
As the parent of a teenage girl, I’m not cool anymore, I don’t know anything, and I always do something that isn’t quite right. Trying to get a full conversation is hard these days, as well. It’s usually a shrug or, “I don’t know,” when we talk. I don’t remember the drama starting so young. And we certainly didn’t have cell phones. So of course there was no monitoring online usage and text messages and all that fun stuff. Raising a teenage girl now is so much harder than I ever imagined!
Times have changed, people!
I feel silly for thinking I would have things easy. I guess the only advice I would give to myself before I had kids is don’t let anything surprise you, be prepared, and stand your ground.
Other things, however, are just how I pictured. On good days, we’re like best friends. We talk and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. She’s my mini-me. Quite honestly, it’s hard to get upset with her. She’s strong willed, determined, and wears her heart on her sleeve, just like her mama. And that causes us to butt heads at times.
But that’s my girl and I love her! I know that she will one day be a leader with a strong head on her shoulders. And she won’t let anything stand in her way!
Just please, for my sanity, save it for the outside world, princess.