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13 Things Every Mom of A Teenage Girl Knows Are True

13 Things Every Mom of A Teenage Girl Knows Are True

The transformation from child to teenager can be pretty drastic – when did she start wearing makeup and being cooler than you? Moms know better than most what is it like raising a teenager daughter; check out 13 funny things every mom of a teenage girl knows are true.

1. If Her Bedroom Door Is Shut, It Stays Shut

Once upon a time the whole family would gather together in the evenings to eat dinner, do homework and watch TV. Now your daughter is a teenager, and she only wants to hang out in her room — preferably with the door shut and no one else in there.

Initially you missed your daughter, but now you respect her privacy, and she knows if she needs her family she only has to open her door.

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2. She Seems To Have Her Own Language

She uses words that you have never heard of, such as YOLO, FML, and LOL. If you ever question her on these words she will tell you that of course you don’t understand – you’re too old and uncool. Most of the time you understand her, but you find it baffling that ‘sick’ now means something good. And why does she keep saying ‘hashtag?!’

3. Teenage Girls Talk To Their Friends 24/7

Texting, Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Snapchat; your teenager daughter seems to talk to her friends nearly every minute of the day. If only it was that easy to get her to talk to you!

4. She Spends More Time In The Bathroom Than Anyone Else

She now spends more time in the bathroom than the rest of your family put together. She shaves her legs and wears make-up – normally yours – and it takes her about an hour to get ready for school every day. Seriously, what is she doing in there?

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5. Her Room Is Never Tidy

If you tell her to tidy up she gets annoyed at you, but if you really push her she will do it – just really badly. Her idea of tidying up involves shoving her dirty clothes in the wardrobe, and her dirty plates underneath her bed. Teenagers do seem to agree with the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

6. You Can’t Fix Everything, And Sometimes You Annoy Your Daughter When You Try To

You love your daughter, and all you want to do is protect and look after her. However she is getting old enough to start making her own decisions, so you take a small step back – but if she makes a bad decision, she knows you will always be there for her.

7. She Wears Earphones 24/7

She always has earphones in, and sometimes you’re pretty sure she isn’t even listening to music. You’re starting to think they might just be a fashion accessory.

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8. She Loves To Experiment With Her Style

She started wearing all black and eyeliner, then she switched to jeans and crop tops. Once she wore heels when you went to pick up takeout, and last week she dyed a pink streak in her hair – it’s getting hard for you to remember what her current style is!

9. She Can Go From Loving You To Disliking You In A Minute

Your daughter still smiles and laughs with you – until you say you can’t give her a lift to her friend’s place. This always starts a huge battle, and she normally starts shouting about how unfair her life is. It often feels like you are riding a roller coaster that she is driving.

10. Her Hormones Are Uncontrollable

Sometimes she is the sweetest girl ever, calling you ‘mommy’ and telling you that she loves you. Then the mood swings start, and she is slamming doors and giving one word answers. She is the person who annoys you the most, as well as the person you love the most.

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11. She Spends More Time On The Internet Than You Do At Work

From watching Youtube videos to non-stop tweeting, your teenage daughter is online way more often than you are. She posts selfies every day too – you’d like to take a look but she put her Instagram on private so you couldn’t see what she is up to.

12. She Is Both A Teenage Girl And A Little Girl

Sometimes she wants to wear makeup and meet up with boys from her class, and sometimes you will come downstairs and catch her watching cartoons in her pajamas. The teenage years are a confusing time and she isn’t really sure who she is right now, but you feel privileged watching her grow into a woman.

13. You Want To Share This, But You Are Worried She Will Tell You Off For Being Embarrassing

You want to show your teenage girl this list so you could have a good chuckle together – but she banned you from posting on her Facebook.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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