All posts tagged: talking to your daughter

What a Twelve Year Old Girl Doesn’t Know

My daughter is twelve, and like many almost-teen girls is enthralled with the idea of makeup, straightening her wavy hair, and wearing the latest in grown-up fashions.  Friends. Oh, and Justin Bieber. She’s flattered by the recent interest boys are showing in her budding figure, but doesn’t yet possess the understanding that sixth grade boys have no clue how to look her in the eye and say hello. Sure, they text and hang out in groups nearby, sending a brave runner to relay messages that often lose much in translation. I’ve recently decided that it’s time to really step in. I don’t mean dip my toes in the waters of the eye-rolling, “whatever, Mom” periphery. She’s a smart child. Keyword, “child.” My latest conversation amid the push of “Mom, I don’t want to talk right now” came just before spring break. She was headed to Panama City with a close family friend for the week. It was important that she understand how such a crowded beach outside her normal safe zone meant exposure to new situations. …