I sort of can’t believe it, but I’m actually the mother of a teenager. Our family will be transitioning from Jr. High to High School next year, and more than anything I wish I could put our daughter on the fast track to get through these generally speaking, completely “awkward” years. The angst, the drama, the braces, the unintentional parental humiliation that is brought upon humanity on a DAILY basis! I never thought that I, of all people, would repeatedly hear the words: “MOM! You are sooooooo embarrassing!”
And, yes, I am a nag. I nag about her daily digital intake, personal cleanliness, and resistance to household cleaning. I’ve even pulled the “..back when I was a kid, I was washing dishes at age 5.” I so annoy myself sometimes.
The flip side of this situation is that I’m the mom who will squeeze into leather leggings, funky faux furs, ironic and/or rocker tees and biker boots. I don’t dress this way for anyone but myself, but it’s always nice when she says “Mom, you look cool today.” It’s very sweet. I know that I’m her primary role model, and she trusts me.
So, when I insisted that she start using Nicole Mulder’s Epitome products to manage her unpredictable skin issues, she trusted me. Now she takes the time to put more effort in keeping her skin clean and healthy.
Today, she accompanied me to a waxing appointment with my friend Brook, one of the owners of Blink for Beauty, in the North Loop, Minneapolis. I wanted her to experience the awesome and soothing environment that is Blink, and to know what’s included in my personal regime that makes me feel good and happy. Yes, that includes regular visits to Brook & Christina. And, yes, that includes having unwanted hair on parts of my face removed!
I think it’s important for mothers of teenage daughters to open up the lines of communication more than ever, to encourage healthy habits, and to give them resources for wellness and beauty. I truly do believe in the harmony of inner/outer beauty, and I want to model that concept for my kid.
I was doing so well today until I started in with “Show Brook what a great artist you are! Show Christina the drawing of the girl with the pink hair – I love that drawing; it’s so cool…” Yeah, Ok. I got it — that was AWKWARD.