Lucky

So, today I’m quoted on Babble responding to the question, “Why are you lucky to be your kid’s parent?”   My answer:” because, truly, my child teaches me things every day, mainly how to be your own person & not care what others think."

When I saw the tweet go out from a Babble editor asking for submissions from bloggers, I had just had a conversation with my 7 year old daughter about some not-so-nice things some girls in her class said to her last week.  The more we talked about it, the more my Mama-Bear shackles began to pop out.   

As I took deep breaths and forced myself to remain calm, she seemed unfazed and not at all bothered by the insults.  I mean, these are not Mean Girls, per se, but what they were saying to my Pooky-Girl and her friend that day definitely falls into the Mean category.  And unsolicited, too.  Grrr.

[I will not repeat the comments here, as that would be giving them a life they don’t deserve. And girls will be girls.  I will just say that it was your typical, “we’re better than you are” crap that kids tend to spout.]

I calmly asked if maybe it would have been a good idea to involve the teacher, to which my Non-Tattletaling Girl replied, “I really wasn’t that upset, Mommy.  I just ignored them.  I’m just going to be my own person.”

What?!?!  Are you my daughter???  I am so IN AWE of you right now.  It took me 40 years to learn this, and you are 7.  I’ve always known you’re an old soul, preferring Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis” to Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel.  But really, you are wise beyond your years.  And I could not be more proud of you than I am at this moment.

And as I watch you go through life, wearing your own brand of personal style and walking the line just a tad left of center, I love you more each day.  You are quirky, beautiful, inquisitive, sensitive and hilarious.  You told me the other day that you are lucky that I’m your Mom.  But, baby, I am the lucky one.

And I can’t wait to see how you light the world on fire. 

Comments

  1. My friend, you are wise beyond your years too. The Princess is lucky to have such a fiery/groovy mommy. I'm in awe of your parenting. It's so easy to get caught up in all the "crap" in life with its everyday activities & stress. Thank you for reminding me to marvel in our "precious/maddening gifts from God". They are truly inspiring little educators & I have a lot to learn!

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    1. Girl, you don't need to be in awe of my parenting...shock and awe, maybe, ha, ha!!! We are all just doing the best we can, and I'm thankful that we are moms in a time where we can all be connected in this way.

      Can you imagine sitting alone in your kitchen at the end of a hard day wondering if anyone else has ever felt like cussing out their kids one minute and showering them with kisses the next??!! Am glad we are all in this craziness together and can have a laugh and empathize with each other.

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  2. What an amazing young lady you have. Yes, I didn't learn that until I was years and years old. You are am amazing parent to have raised such a secure girl.
    I found you on the Its so cheri blog hop and am now following you and would love a follow back:)

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  3. I found you on Cheri's Blog HOP. I am following you. Please follow me. Thanks
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  4. Oh, that is just terrific! Your girl 's got the power!!

    ..
    I am actually coming to your site re. the FOLLOWER linky blog hop, and am following you ! :-) Will you follow me back?? Thank you so much when you do.

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    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!

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  5. Your little girl is amazing! I know grown women who don't have that kind of sense of self!

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    1. I just hope she can hang onto that attitude!! Thanks for doing PYHO!

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  6. What a proud, proud moment for you Momma! Here's to raising amazing girls--even when it seems like they are raising us! ;)

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  7. Girls are wretched.....very impressed by your little girl!!!

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  8. Amazing. I am going thru the same thing. But mine is a boy. A boy... yah.. I stand corrected... A BOY! He is just mean and nasty. They have already been in the principals office (only because I called the school and talked to her... and I talked talk talk talk talk.... until she got the point that NO BODY is going to be mean to my boolie.

    I have even went to the parents!!! And still.. nothing. But lately he's been quiet.

    Your daughter must be brilliant. Because I have been telling my 9 year old to just "ignore" it... but she just can't. She's getting better tho! And thanks for stopping by and following me! I followed back :)

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  9. I love your daughter's spirit. I hope my kids get that spirit as well. Heck, I hope I get it. Great job! I am following you and would love to see you back at my page any time!

    http://outlawmama.com

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  10. The first thing any mother wants to do is protect her child, it's a natural feeling. I have six kids, I understand, until this year my kids hadn't been bullied, then this year these girls went after my daughter, and I did step in. They were physically harming her. She had already been though enough, honestly I never thought I could be so loud and demanding but for your child you will do anything! Sorry didn't mean to get into all of that. I found you on make my morning and I am so following you. My name is Natalie one of my blogs is http://bridgetsdaughter5.blogspot.com come by and see if you like it

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  11. This brought tears to my eyes. We all need to remember this! I found you over at Cheri's blog hop, and am following you, will you follow me back? www.bargain-ista.com

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  12. good for her!!! My husband just told my son last night that when kids are teasing him that means they want you to be bothered...and they will only succeed if you let them.

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  13. Sounds as tho you are raising her just right!

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