I follow my daughter on Snapchat and Instagram but please don’t remind her of that.
I never like or comment on her posts so I don’t draw attention to the fact that I’m watching but I’m curious about what’s happening in her teenage world and want what I see to be as uncensored by the “my mom might look at this” dynamic as possible.
As of this year, my daughter is officially a teen. Suddenly the words bitch and sick (pronounced: siiiiiiick) are everywhere, hair is flipping and eyes are rolling. Drug and alcohol slang words have arrived and hormonal boys are sending “joking” requests for nude pictures. She’s pushing boundaries and asking permission to do things that freak me out. Not because they’re bad, but because they’re, well, things that were off limits as a non-teenager. So I’m trying to take it all in stride and play it cool but truth be told, I don’t know the guidelines for parenting this new version of my child...
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