On raising adolescents...

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She stands nervously fidgeting, unsure of what to expect.Her head, a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings and newness and novelty.So much has changed, and yet there is so much change to come.She steps away from me, edging out into the world a little at a time, always looking back to make sure I am still there.Some days it is all too much, managing these ever changing friendships and navigating a world where boys like her and she likes them.Some days she wants it all to just stop, she wants to curl up beside me. Some days she wants to stay little and she wants to just be.Some days she urges it all forward, eager for whatever comes next. Starting to become more aware of her place in this world, she is. . . .

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