Wednesday, November 4, 2015

10 year olds. Am I right??

My oldest kid has always been a really easy kid to raise. She slept through the night at just weeks old. She practically potty trained herself. She has always done so well in school. And then she turned 10 years old. Something switched and hormones must have started pumping through her veins because holy-attitude- Batman!

For the first time I feel like I am at a loss as a parent. For the first time I am clueless as how to deal with my own child. My sweet little kid has started giving me attitude. I have seen more eye rolls from her than Liz Lemon gave on all 7 seasons of 30 Rock. She is starting to defy us and has become so much more closed off. She wants to sit in her bed and draw and would rather be alone than with us most of the time.

This is a weird stage because there are times when she is that silly fun kid. Laughing hysterically with her little sister and collecting Shopkins toys. And there are other times when she is just too cool to be seen with us. I feel like at this time I need to be even more involved and talk with her more. Except talking to her these days is like taking to a brick wall. A brick wall that can roll its eyes.

The other day it was like Huff Post was reading my mind and posted this article...

10 Things Your Daughter Should Know By the Time She's Ten

 These are all great lessons for a young lady to learn but the one that stuck a chord with me was the first....

How adored she is. No matter what you disagree on and even though sometimes you may yell, she should know she is the center of your universe -- always.

This hit me because during the last few months, as the arguments have become more frequent I don't think I have done a good job on reminding my daughter how much I love her. Even as a parent it's sometimes hard to be kind to someone who is pushing all your buttons. Even when you gave birth to that person. This is something that I need to work on everyday. 

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