How did you react to your child becoming a teenager? Mine surprised me!

Nicole - posted on 10/25/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I was just curious how everyone reacted when you became the mother of a teenager? My daughter turned 13 this week and out of nowhere the morning of her birthday, I saw a picture of her when she was 3 and started bawling. At first I wasn't really sure why I was crying. Then I felt like I was going into a panic mode that she is growing up and I will never have those younger years back. My poor husband was so worried because of my reaction being very out of character for me. I was 19 when I had her and began to think I was so young did I take full advantage of enjoying all of the little things early on. I did not have the greatest relationship with my mother so I always strived to give her what I didn't have. I never really second guessed anything before so I am not sure why I am doing it now. Has anyone else ever gone through this?

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Ev - posted on 10/26/2014

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I have two kids. One of each and when they turned 13 I did not react this way. All kids grow up eventually and its just part of life. I am not a grandmother (became one very young) and my youngest is going to graduate in the spring from high school. Time does fly where our kids are concerned. Just try to enjoy the time you have with her now and do not worry about her having grown up so fast. If you dwell on this, you are going to be depressed all the time.

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