Although I have full-on mama denial, there’s no doubt that my girls are growing up. My older daughter turns 9 in June and starts middle school (5th grade here in our public school district) in fall 2012. I know this is just the tip of the tween iceberg—a very exciting time for her that also comes with its fair share of emotional and physical changes.
Back in February at the Blissdom Conference here in Nashville I had the chance to sit down and speak with Rosiland Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, about how I help my girls feel more confident. One way is to ensure the lines of communication are always open. I want them to know that they can approach me or their daddy about any issue.
While there are plenty of changes that we can’t stop, from acne to peer pressure, there are things I can do to help my girls feel less self-conscious. Changing hormones? Ready or not here they come. I believe my job as a mom is to help my girls embrace all the signs of growing up, even the smellier ones!
Speaking of odors, I recently brought my older daughter home from Girl Scouts Camp along with three other friends. We had fantastic sunny and warm weather the first day and they hiked and groomed horses and played flag football and then they got drenched in the rain the morning we left so my car was a full-on olfactory assault of damp clothes, sweaty socks, barn smells, and muddy shoes. Who says girls are dainty?
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