sensible way to shelter them from much of this reality. I have
learned that rather than try to keep them in a protective bubble,
it is best to come alongside, give honor and space to their pain
and suffering, and walk right through it together. They need
guidance, a safe place to express any and all feelings, and to
always know that “come what may, mom and dad are right by
my side.”
*****
On the topic of life’s challenges, there are varying
degrees and flavors of such experiences. Sometimes heartaches
weave in and out of the everyday moments in life. School,
home, church, and neighborhoods are all fertile ground to
learn of the satisfactions and disappointments that are an
integral part of relationships. After mothering three sons, I
realize that there is a different slant as I support my daughters
in navigating the world of friendships.
I know that girls can be mean. I started the book
“Queen Bees and Wannabes” a few years ago but found it so
depressing that I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. We
have the American Girl books on friendships and have read
them. I had heard from seasoned moms that sometime during
the later elementary years, the mean girl thing really heats up.
The truth is that back in my own coming of age days, I was at
times both a mean girl and a mean girl target.
I have raised three sons. They certainly had their share
of disagreements and squabbles, but the male way of dealing
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