She poked her head out from behind the person in front of her, looking for me. We locked eyes and she gave me that sweet, sweet smile. The one that I know. The one that's just for me. The one that says, "Hey Mom."
Luckily, the more I walk on the parenting tightrope, the more confident I am that I'll be able to stay centered. It's not like I have a choice. There's no way I'm going to fall and fail my daughter. I am her rock, her home base, her safety. I am her mother.
Some grown women are so busy chasing the fountain of youth that they often blame, dismiss or ignore teens. But our teens need living examples of success and mentorship to learn lessons that will keep them safe and help them succeed.
"There are no words" is a saying people like to use, when something is so terrible, so outside of the realm of normalcy that speechlessness seems necessary. I've got quite a few words: Unconscionable, outrageous, offensive.
We, at Inwood House, believe that as a community we must ensure that young women have the freedom to make choices that are right for her, access to an engaged, gender appropriate and empowered education, and the ability to embrace her own limitless potential.
Usually, societies try to reduce risks, especially those that are preventable. But we'd still rather give mainstream voice to ill-informed, nostalgic conservative malaise than enable teenage girls and adult women to manage their own reproduction.
Sure, serendipity can help you be in the right place at the right time, and little blessings might offer opportunity. But it isn't luck that gives you resilience or determination. It isn't luck that allows you to be strong enough to make difficult choices.
It's so important for teenage girls to feel happy about their bodies and to have high self-esteem. Since it's also bikini season, it's the perfect time to share a few of my practical health tips and facts on wellness for teens.
While we all experience friend issues (and they don't go away when you hit adulthood!), for most girls, middle school is the time when the highs and lows of the friendship rollercoaster are most pronounced.