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    The Joys of Raising a Teenage Daughter

    By bluangel7     

    If someone were to ask me if I were honestly happy with my life and all that I have accomplished, I would have to say yes. Oh sure, there are days I am not too impressed with my life, like when my teenage daughter throws one of her hissy fits about something I have done, her stepfather has done, or her little sister has done, but, I try to remember she is 14 going on 30. Any parent of a teenage daughter knows what I am talking about. My wonderful, sweet, charming, beautiful little girl went to sleep one night and woke up the next morning a moody, opinionated, “I hate EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in my family” teenager. Oh I know she doesn’t actually hate us, she just wishes we would fall off the face of the earth for a few years. Now, the one thing I have trouble with about this entire process is, she never asked for permission to make these changes. She just up and decided one day she would become a teenager.

    I had always prided myself on the fact that my daughter and I were buddies, truly enjoying each other’s company and doing all kinds of things together. She always came to me with problems and I would always help her deal with them or help her fix them. I also liked the fact that my sweet little girl let me dress her in the most beautiful, cutesy, frou-frou outfits, all ribbons and lace and never once complain. But now I know the truth. She was just setting me up! It’s a gene in ALL girls that doesn’t actually start working until around the age of 12. They let their family think they are a part of the family, actually an active participant, and then BAM they turn into teenage girls overnight! OH MY GOD! My mother never told me about this. I never took any classes in school preparing me for this. Nobody ever warned me about teenage hormonal mood swings though I do vaguely remember my own mother muttering under her breath something along the lines of “just wait until you have daughters”. Now, I totally understand what she was talking about. She wasn’t just talking to herself and going crazy like I always told my friends. She just needed a halfway intelligent conversation and the only thing around at the time was a teenage daughter. Specifically, me! I only have one thing to say about this. Mom, I am SOOOO sorry. Please forgive me.

    I honestly think there should be ongoing, never ending to infinity classes that parents are required to take in order to help prepare them and deal with the ever changing moods of a teenage daughter. Though, I’m not too sure who could teach such a class. There is no professional who could teach it. I am of the firm belief that all the so-called “experts” who tell you how to raise your kids obviously have NEVER been around a teenage daughter. How could they? I’ve never seen any experts give the advice of “lock them in their rooms and ground them until they are 35”. I have seen advice on how to handle the situation when the child talks back to the parent but I have NEVER seen any “expert” give you really GOOD advice. Like, if your teenager mouths back at you, duct tape their mouths shut! I am a firm believer that a roll of duct tape can fix ANYTHING! If it is broke, duct tape it. If it squeaks, duct tape it. If it leaks, duct tape it. AND, if it mouths, duct tape it. They now make duct tape in very fashionable, designer colors so you will never have to worry about the color not matching her $50.00 T-shirt she just “had to have”. She can never accuse you of not caring about her because you were concerned enough to get matching colors.

    I am still lucky though as I still have an 11-year-old daughter who lets me believe she likes me. Yes, I know it is just a matter of time before I wake up one morning and I have yet another teenage monster in my house. I know the time is just around the corner. But, just let me dream for a while longer. The land of make believe is a wonderful place.

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