Category Archives: belle

personal progress

Most 14 year-old girls are not known for their wisdom or their ability to see the big picture. No, they’ve got more important things to worry about like friends, boys and hair (hair being the most important issue of any day).

But every once in a while, my typical, often self-absorbed teenager says something that makes me proud and reminds me that despite all of the cons of raising a teenage girl, there are some pros that give way to tons of hope.

Last night the Young Women went on a service scavenger hunt and as we were near the end of our evening( with only seven minutes to go) I suggested  we go to a house we missed on the way up the street.

One of the other young women said “Well, they aren’t LDS”, and as I was about to suggest we should be willing to knock on any door, not just the familiar ones, my Belle sighs heavily, rolls her eyes and says:

That’s not right! We can and should serve everyone in our neighborhood.

Her statement was a little more dramatic than I prefer but I was impressed with her willingness and ability to speak up in a crowd for what she thought was right.

Although I’m not positive she would have had the same courage if I wasn’t present, I do believe it’s a step in the right direction.

Next lesson: Tact.


Consumption Unit

My daughter has started referring to us as her “parental unit” . It must be something she picked up from her socially conscious progressive high school but this term bugs the hell out of N.

I think he thinks it disrespectful and impersonal. I can’t put my finger on it and while I think it’s funny in the “that’s cute” kind of way, I have to admit that N is right. Children should address their parents with a little respect.

So… last week, Belle said, “thank you, parental unit” and in response N said, “you’re welcome, consumption unit.”

Doesn’t that just sum up a teenager’s role perfectly?