Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Venus “Talking To Our Daughters Firsts” program.†I was selected for this opportunity as a member of BlogHer, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
First babies are hard.
I have been blessed with a very kind and caring first child, but I still think the first child can be tough.
For me the hardest part is knowing when to let her grow up.
(Which, in truth, is†humorous†because†it’s going to happen whether I permit it or not.)
There are so many things about her right now that I want to remain, but I know they will change as she gets older.
I love that I can pay her for babysitting with Kit-Kat bars instead of cash.
Every night she has the opportunity to stay up past bedtime if she earns it by doing a household chore or two. I cringe at the thought she might realize that a 7:00 pm bedtime really isn’t realistic for a 13 year old. And yet every night she helps me clean up just to “stay up late” until 8:30.
I love that punishment to her is taking away her latest novel. It’s like threatening to take away a child’s math book or homework.
I love that she can eat a†ridiculous†amount of carbs and not gain a single pound.
I adore that she sincerely doesn’t care about what others think about her. I know this will change and probably sooner rather than later.
I love that we can have an entire neighborhood of children in my backyard, and she can yield their attention like the Pied Piper.
And most of all, I love how forgiving she is when I make motherhood mistakes. I have told her so many times,†I am sorry. I have never done this before!
Before my daughter turned thirteen, she approached me about a few things that I should have thought of months before. Mostly girly stuff like makeup and wanting new shoes purely for style rather than necessity.
She also brought up shaving.
My reply: “Shaving is just like when you were six and desperately wanted eye glasses even though you didin’t need them. Then you turned seven and had to get them and hated wearing them every single day!”
She didn’t listen, and I didn’t waste my time arguing. Shaving is a rite of passage in a way. Whether you want to jump off a diving board or not, you have to at least try it once in your lifetime. (Fortunately we don’t have to keep diving if we are terrified the first time!)
The thing I adore about her is she is very†observant. Right away she noted I should probably pick her up a pink razor and shaving cream just for girls.
“I don’t want to use Dad’s smelly shaving cream like you do.”
Pfff. That girl is too smart for her own good.
So we sat down on the edge of the tub together, just like my mother did with me, and we giggled as we opened up brand new Venus Embrace razors (don’t think I didn’t spoil myself with one too!) and together shaved our legs.
I had forgotten how nice a new razor is, and I am slightly†embarrassed†to admit I have never splurged on women’s shaving cream before. We both tried out the new Satin Care†Passionista Fruit shaving gel. Oh my stars! That is the best †smelling stuff I have ever used in my life! In between much giggling, we both laughed about who had the softest and silkiest feeling legs! And the sparkling fruity scent is heavenly!
I must admit, I am now in love with the Venus Embrace razor. It boasts FIVE blades and a ribbon of moisture promoting a soft shave with fewer cuts. My†daughter†didn’t have a single cut when she was done, quite the opposite from when I was her age! The Venus Embrace also has a nicely sized, soft-grip handle, and the blades can easily be changed with†refills. Love that!
I must also admit, I was†surprised†at how much fun we had shaving together. Sometimes talking about things for the first time can be so hard, but I am grateful for a†daughter†who has helped me along the way!
In celebration of my†daughter’s†firsts (and myself for†surviving†them!) Venus has offered to sponsor a fabulous†giveaway!†One of you has the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! Wahoo! †To enter for a chance to win just leave a comment below answering the following question:
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