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Balancing Act

Its a delicate balancing act for sure. Trusting and believing in your teenage daughter and being concerned for her safety and well-being.

I don't "worry" pre-se, but having been a teenage boy, I do know what goes on, so I am concerned. Worse yet, she is a head turner, I mean really! We've been out walking (in the mall or on the street on the way to a restaurant so someplace), and its with mixed emotions that I watch boys (and some men) snap their heads around.

Its not that easy being surreptitious, as I try to watch over her from a discrete distance. Its with mixed emotions that I watch her grow and mature, knowing she needs me less and less. I know its as it should be, but that doesn't make it any easier.

I am glad she knows, if ever she needs, I'll be there for her. I guess I'm, pretty lucky, we do seem to have a pretty good father/daughter relationship.
5hadow 5hadow 51-55 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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It is hard to watch them grow up and need us less.Especially as they are in their teenage years, I will be dealing with this in just over a year. She will know and be thankful :)

I'm really kinda flying blind here. The one thing I know to do is tell her "I love you" sincerely! Its hard to know how often is too oftten and of course never in public I think (or in from of her friends. I actually got 1 real big thank you for making me do that already :)

Yes, I agree. My daughter keeps telling me its her life to do anything she wants.. its hard.The I loves always do, no matter what, but you can come up with something she is comfortable with in front of her friends. Like those moments you want to say it, but she gives you that "look". Im glad she thanked you :) Good luck!

You are right. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world. Sounds like you are doing a great job at it and being involved! She will thank you one day.

to be sure, I've had not harder job, certainly none that take this emotional toll. I AM lucky, I actually got 1 real big thank you for making me do that