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If you have a teenage daughter, you might have the same challenges I do…
As much as I adore my girl, I am constantly trying to understand her ways, her choices, and all her ridiculous behaviors that come with adolescence.
There are so many things I don’t understand.
For instance, her inability to pick up after herself as she leaves a lovely trail of ALL her stuff wherever she goes. There is a pile of wet towels on her bedroom floor, fermenting right now. There are plates and cups and clothes and papers and books and bags abandoned all over our house.
Then there are all the fashion trends that leave me questioning her common sense, like wearing her Birkenstocks in the snow and ripped jeans that cover only 48% of her legs that cost a small fortune to boot. And about those boots… She never wears them. She’d rather wear her worn converse with a beautiful dress. Go figure.
It’s not just about her wardrobe or her inability to pick up after herself, it’s also about her incessant forgetfulness. Within one minute of me telling her to do something, she conveniently forgets. I’ve learned that parenting a teen is much like parenting a toddler. I repeat myself over and over again, and the maddening cycle of reminding her what to do is exhausting.
There’s a lot we parents have to manage with having a teenage daughter, isn’t there? I haven’t even mentioned the hormones… WHOA. I could bet the bank on when she is getting her period just by the abrupt shift in her um, attitude… My kindhearted, patient girl quickly morphs into a blue-eyed crank-monster. Thank God it doesn’t last long, so I can get my sweet sloppy, forgetful, fashionable teenage daughter back in due time.
But here’s the thing.
This girl? She’s a constant blessing, amidst the mess. When it comes to the big stuff? She’s doing just fine. Her character, her values, her faith, her fortitude constantly remind me that I have been given a gift of a girl to raise.
And THAT is what will get me through these teenage years.
Would you join me in clicking over to my latest post about this very thing on Her View From Home?
If you have a teenage daughter or know someone who does- I think you will relate. Or maybe you can fill in the blanks with your own complaints about your teenage daughter. 🙂
*I always make sure to get her permission to publish anything I write about her, and she laughed, nodded, and said, “That’s pretty good mom.” I call that a WIN if there ever was one. (I admit I was surprised with her reaction!)
Go read my post HERE!