Dang, it's Thursday already and I'm out of sorts and exhausted.
I've been working more than usual this week, so I haven't posted as much as I've wanted.
It's been great though, because I've been able to bring The Princess with me and she has a GREAT time with the kids I'm watching-she's a big help, too.
In my (very limited) downtime, I've been doing lots of reading. I tend to read about 3-4 books at once, because I get bored very easily.
But, these books have actually kept me very entertained.
The top two cookbooks are incredible. Some of the best vegetarian cookbooks I've ever perused. HIGHLY recommended.
I love biographies and autobiographies, so the the book about Laura Ingalls Wilder has been quite entertaining. It also helps me feel not so guilty about all the times I've moved in my life.
Everyone who has a pre-teen, or anyone who IS a pre-teen should read My Teenage Were-Wolf.
It explains the physiology and biology of how the bodies, and primarily the brains of kids are changing who are becoming teenagers.
It's quite focused on the mother/daughter relationship and how that changes.
It pretty much slapped the Gilmore Girls type relationship ideal I had right out of me.
True, my daughter is only 7 years old, but I am the REIGNING QUEEN SUPREME of preparation and research.
I'm gonna be armed and ready for this situation (first off with prayer) once I'm faced with it.....and by the looks of it, it will probably happen much sooner than I anticipate. :(
I love how the author describes the mother/daughter relationship after having done her own research gathered from studies by psychologist, psychoanalysts, sociologists, social learning theorists, and feminist scholars.
"There is no relationship quite as primal, as vitally important, or as deeply conflicted. Mother daughter identities are enmeshed and interwoven, yet need to be individual and distinct. There is no other relationship that veers so sharply between intimacy and distance, between love and hate."
This is all so fascinating to me seeing as how my father raised me. I didn't have my mother around to form this relationship. We didn't start to develop a friendly and familial relationship until I was 22, so It's been awkward and frustrating, yet full of acceptance and unconditional love.
But, because I have a daughter, I already see things playing out, which are precursors of things to come.
Lord, help me. Thank you. Amen.
What was your relationship with your mother like as a teenager? Is it different now? The same?