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How to Love an Eleven Year Old Girl

Posted by Jen on August 19, 2009 at 1:24 AM in Jen
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1. Give her something to be in charge of.
2. Let her have a pet.
3. Laugh every single time she cracks you up.
4. Delight in her fierceness.
5. Make space for her crabbiness.
6. Speak of her positive character qualities in public.
7. Spend alone time with her, even if she acts like she doesn't need it.
8. Be the one to introduce her to all the best things about being a woman.
9. Let her bring along a friend.
10. Give her a chance to make a difference in the world.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Madeleine! May this year surprise and delight you and let you know in new ways you are deeply loved and never alone.


GailNHB writes...

Jen, I hope and pray that this is a wonderful birthday for you dear daughter. And a celebration for you - eleven years of motherhood! What an adventure... and how fast it is flying by. Yeah for all of you!!!!

Jeannine writes...

Jen, what a beautiful post! Delilah will be eleven next week and the timing of your post is perfect! A very Happy Birthday wish to Madeleine!!! and to her beautiful mommy!

Manic Mommy writes...

That was just lovely. Happy Birthday to you both!

Amber writes...

Happy birthday Madeleine!

And thanks so much for the words of wisdom. I know my own little one will be 11 before I even know it. It just goes so fast, and I think it's getting faster all the time.

carrie writes...

Happy birthday!

wanda lee writes...


!! HaPPy BiRtHday MaDeLiNE !!

~best wishes to you~


julian writes...

i love you all girls

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