I can only imagine how hard it is to raise a teenaged daughter. I was one and I know that it was no easy task for my parents! Granted, I think there were things that could have been done to make those years go a little smoother, but that's water under the bridge.
Well, my daughter is only 6 and the idea of her getting to be a tween and then teen has me already worried I may have to send her to a convent to keep her from getting corrupted by her peers! For instance, there are a couple neighbor girls that come over on a regular basis to play and they are only a year older than A. First of all, here I am hunting at all the stores for a one-piece bathing suit that covers her appropriately and these girls stroll over in bikinis! Yesterday David kept having to ask one of them to pull the bottoms up because she had the plumber crack going on. They just wander the neighborhood in these swimsuits and my poor granny heart worries for them and they aren't even my kids!
So then yesterday, while the girls were playing in the backyard, David & I were sitting in lawn chairs watching all the kids play and we overheard A use the phrases, "classic fail" and "I know, right?" Although I'm familiar with both of these euphemisms, I do not use them. I've heard David use IKR before, and I glared at him because I hate when people say that. WHAT DOES IT EVEN MEAN??? After hearing that, we proceeded to have a conversation about how he's going to have to guard the door with a shotgun when A becomes a teenager and the thought of having another girl terrifies him for the same reasons.
Maybe I'm a prude who grew up in the stone ages, but I really don't think I am! Then one of the girls suggested truth or dare and started talking about her boyfriend and they wanted to dare each other to "kiss the wall" or "kiss the tree" and of course, I had to step in and say that we don't talk about boyfriends, girlfriends or kissing at our house. I know parents who think it's cute for their young children to have a boyfriend/girlfriend and tease them about it, but I'd like to instill in my kids that there are MANY MANY other important aspects to life than having a significant other.
What do you think? Any moms of girls (any age) have these same conflicts? How do you deal with it?
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