Parenting a teenage girl is both amazing and heartbreaking.
The pain and sadness I felt through my teenage years is nothing compared to the moments I’ve had with this girl.
Any parent will understand.
When your child hurts, it hurts more deeply than if you were to feel the pain directly.
When your child cries, it just tugs at your own heart in a way you hadn’t felt before.
Here’s the journaling:
I love that I have raised a girl who loves so deeply and opens her heart to care about others.
I hate that it makes her so vulnverable to pain and heartache.
When you look at her you might not see it.
She is competitive
And she is fifteen.
She gets her feelings hurt.
She blames herself.
And when she cries she lets me put my arms around her.
And she lets me kiss the top of her head.
And she lets me push back the hair sticking to her tear-stained cheeks.
In that moment, she’s not just fifteen.
She’s the eleven-year-old sobbing after her coach passed away.
She’s the ten-year-old worried about her dad lying in a hospital bed.
She’s the six-year-old missing her big brother who is away at camp.
But fifteen is different.
She is almost an adult.
But right now, fifteen is enough and too much.
It’s the best friend she’s grown apart from.
It’s the boyfriend who cheated.
It’s the friends who have gone away to college.
I don’t tell her to stop crying.
I don’t try to hush her.
I tell her it will get better.
I tell her it won’t always hurt.
I tell her I love her.
I squeeze her tight.
Maybe too tight.
But she knows I’m here.
And I always will be.
Strong Women Have Feelings
There seems to be this misconception in our society that if you are a strong, successful women then you’re something of a robot.
Because you don’t appear weak, people assume you must not have feelings.
Because you smile, people assume you’re life is perfect.
But it isn’t an all or nothing situation.
You are human, so you are both.
Is it just me? Or do you see the same thing in our society?
Raising A Strong and Sensitive Girl
I was more of a shut-the-world-out type of person growing up.
So I consider it a huge win that I raised children who can open up to people.
I consider that a wonderful personality trait.
But now, my daughter is feeling like she can’t open up to friends.
She is starting to question her judgment of people.
Have Advice for Parenting A Teenage Girl?
If you have a teenage daughter and want to share your experiences with me, comment below.
Or if you have any advice, let me know!
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Bullet Journal Supplies I Used
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- Moleskine Cahier Journal, Large, Soft Cover, Ruled Journals
- TWSBI ECO Fountain Pen Clear EF Nib
- Diamine Fountain Pen Ink, Imperial Purple