Many of you are aware that I’m a mom, but judging from the feedback I received off instagram after sending a birthday shoutout to my daughter, you guys had no idea I’m the mom of a teen. It’s hard for me to even say those words out loud myself. There are many days where I feel I’m way too immature to have a teenager, but I do. Mariah turned 13 on Friday, the 23rd despite my prayers to keep her a baby; science and mother time won the battle. So here’s a mom’s letter to her 13 year old daughter…
My Mini-me may look like me but her style and mannerism are all her own. While currently experiencing the quintessential 13 going on 30, Mimi’s style is a mix between skateboarder and rapper-whatever that is lol. I’m a believer in allowing your child to come into their own and not try to infuse what YOU like. Easier said then done, I know, trust me. As a blogger and all around uber feminine woman, I often find myself pushing pink and polka dots to Mimi’s wardrobe, but while I like Zara kids, she opts for Zumiez.
So with that being said, here are some reasons why I love you Mariah.
1-You’re my first born (and only). Being the only child isn’t always easy and I love that you let me take the place of a sibling in many situations.
2-You are a fighter. Not the physical kind, but I love that you fight for what you believe in.
2- You have a big heart. I know middle school has been challenging, but I love that you stand up for your friends even when the battle isn’t your own to fight.
3- I love your politics. Yes, I know at 13, people would think what politics. However, you see the unfairness that people our race face and I love that you speak up whether in discussion or in writing papers.
4-I love your choice of music. This is such a BIG difference to when I was growing up. However, I love that we can milly rock together, even though you think I’m too stiff and old to be dancing (lol).
5-I love your smile. I know you want braces (your teeth are straight) and veneers (girl, bye) but do you know your smile warms my heart? I love to see you happy and even happier to see you show it.
P.S while these are a few reasons, there are countless other reasons why you are my heart. But for the sake of my readers and obviously to celebrate your teen-hood, here’s to you being 13!
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