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The reality is . . . THESE are a few of her favorite things at 13: skulls, MP3, computer, and Stephenie Meyer books.
My daughter has remained true to herself, in spite of what others think. I pray every night that she stays that way and never gives in.
I've previously written of my experiences with her becoming a "teen". It's hard. Yes, it's hard for me to reach her . . . but so much harder for her to just be herself without the pressures of negative peer judgement. I love her so much and this time we're in now is so much different and harder for an American girl trying to go from young girl to woman. There's no more gradual in between.
Yes, America is the "land of opportunity". But, look deeper. There's more to that outside appearance. Maybe not - maybe it's more obvious to those in other countries. "We've" become self-absorbed, consumed by material goods, bigger / faster / more / prettier is better. Women are supposed to be beautiful, thin, pleasing objects. If you're too smart, you don't fit in. If you don't wear the proper clothes, you're made fun of. If you're "different", your cast out as useless.
Harsh? Read "Reviving Ophelia" if you are the parent of a young girl today. It's an awakening that's been a long time coming.
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