Mother-Daughter Bonding with a Side of Eye-Rolling – “The Talk” Continues…

A parents, we look forward to all the our kids will experience – first word, first tooth, learning to talk, learning to walk, and the list goes on.  It’s amazing how fast when you actually have a child that, just by watching them grow, ‘marks time’ for you with all these milestones. 

The hubby once commented that before kids, time sort of just blurred together.  But once was born, he was suddenly aware of time passing by – each day, each week, each month, each year means something.  No more blurring together.

Not to say that our time together before kids didn’t mean something – it was just a different something.  We didn’t have any responsibilities other than each other, but as soon as Princess Nagger arrived on the scene, we were suddenly aware that time was passing by whether we noticed it or not.  Now we notice.

Before they learn to talk, you’re anxious for them to learn so you can have two-way conversations with them.  When they do learn to talk, you reminisce about the time when they were just a cute little blob. 

As they get older, as in Princess Nagger’s case, the chatterbox mode starts to subside as they approach and tweendom.  Quiet brooding peppered with moments of chatter-boxing.  These are currently the days of my life.

I have yet to find that ‘pause’ button – seems like just last week she was ready for her first day of Kindergarten:

But in reality, last week was her first day of Fourth Grade:

Time is flying by way too fast in my opinion. 

I’ve often joked that Princess Nagger is my Mini-Me.  We have a very special Mother-Daughter bond that sometimes makes the hubby feel left out, but he rolls with it. 

Now that Little Dude has joined our family, I need to be cognizant of her feelings even more, considering she was an only child for the first 8-1/2 years of her life.  Things have changed, and as she races towards puberty, things will change even more.  Lord help me.

Luckily Princess Nagger is open to all kinds of subjects that I might regale her with – including about what changes her body will be going through.  She’s got the eye-rolling down to a science.  But she listens.  And digests.  And asks questions without worrying about being too terribly embarrassed.  I hope. 

She was excited to get a special gift from U by Kotex in the mail:

It was a great little cosmetic bag that included: lip balm, 2 hair elastics, 3 neon bandages, a nail file, a fold-up brush, and room to add some U by Kotex Tween liners. Of course when I mentioned adding the liners, the eye-rolling commenced.

I make sure I spend time with her one-on-one, whether it be cuddling with her on the couch, just the two of us, watching one of her favorite shows, going on a shopping trip just for fun, or hanging out at our awesome hairdresser’s getting our hair trimmed in a fun atmosphere.  We chat about anything and everything.

I’ve tried to make sure she knows that she can talk to me about anything, ask me any question and I’ll always be open and honest with her.  I’m hoping as she gets older, she understands that she can come to me to talk to me about anything.

If you have a daughter, what are your favorite Mother-Daughter activities?  How do you bond with you daughter?  Find tips on how to talk to your daughter about her on the U by Kotex Tween website.

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I wrote this while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions are mine and not influenced by outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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