How often do you find yourself wishing that you could be a kid again?? Minimal responsibilities, no bills, no clock to punch; just a simple life of red Kool-Aid and countdowns to summer vacation. This evening I was reminded to be thankful for finally reaching adulthood. My 10 year-old daughter is on the cusp of her pre-teen years and she is learning some harsh life lessons:
Everyone isn’t gonna like you; Mind your own business; Love yourself; Give people space when they mistreat you, but address the mistreatment with an honest conversation; Learn when to speak and when to be quiet; Life isn’t fair; Change begins with YOU!
Of course, the list is endless; and this is only the beginning for my lil’ lady. She has so many more lessons to learn, I had to tell her that even mommy is still learning new life lessons and re-learning others. The other day, my mother told me that she’s glad that she didn’t have to raise me and my older sister in this day and time. Her statement really made me think about all of the challenges that come along with raising children in this present day and time. The old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, remains true no matter how much that our lives evolve. There’s just more “things” to maneuver. I pray that my daughter not only learns the lessons that she needs, but that she consciously applies them to her daily life. I can’t lie and say that I’ve always done my best to be a good role model to her; sometimes I’ve stumbled and grown weary. But, I do know that more times than not, I’m doing my best and that my intentions are pure.
Though, I sometimes fantasize about having a time machine to transport myself back to simpler times, I’m glad that I’ve survived some of the Growing Pains that my daughter is experiencing. For now, Superwoman is off duty for the night *hanging my cape on a hook until tomorrow morning*.