This is my 15 year old daughter.
She no longer co-sleeps with us, but she will often lovingly let her younger siblings climb into bed with her for the night.
She no longer lets me carry her everywhere, and I am pretty sure we would both fall over in a heap of giggles if I tried. But she does lay her head in my lap when she has had a bad day and let me stroke her hair while she tells me what has been bothering her.
She is no longer breastfed, and I no longer get to decide her meals for her. She is, however, a wonderful cook and has a wealth of nutritional knowledge. She makes the best veggie omelet you will ever eat.
She learned to read long ago, but some days she still likes to listen in while I read to the younger ones. Often I will find her cuddled in a chair reading to her little brother or sister.
She doesn’t always decide to do what I would like for her to do, but she almost always asks for my opinion.
I no longer get to kiss her boo-boos better, but she knows how to administer first aid and has been a great help to her friends when others would have panicked.
I no longer can be the sole determining factor in how much television she watches or what shows she views, but she will tell you that she finds t.v. boring.
I don’t get to decide the clothes she wears, but I find I like most of her choices and she balks at the idea of buying something just because “everyone” is wearing it.
We still play, but the games have changed. We traded Chutes & Ladders for Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit long ago.
We still sing together, but the songs are more complex, and sometimes we cry together over a song with sad lyrics, or laugh when something is silly.
We still don’t agree on everything, and we never will. We are both very comfortable with that fact.
We fight, we cry, we dance, we bake, we laugh, we learn from each other.
This is my daughter, and her age will never change that.
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