We are loving Shot@Life‘s Blogust blog relay! Every day in the month of August, Blogust features a blog post that highlights a different milestone in life. The best part? When you comment on any of these posts (as many times as you’d like!) a vaccine will be donated to kids who need them, care of Walgreens.
Wisdom from a loving and involved father. Fred recognizes the importance of the influence of his daughter’s favorite music at this pivotal point in her life. “Taylor Swift’s music is my daughter’s soundtrack for life. It gives her hope, cheers her up when she’s having a bad day, and makes her dance around in her room when she thinks no one is watching.”
Raising 14-Year-Olds Ain’t For Punks: Learning How To Let My Baby Spread Her Wings & Fly by Denene Millner of My Brown Baby
Denene not only recounts the emotions of watching her oldest daughter navigate the road into adulthood, she nails it. “It’s so cliché, that whole, ‘where did the time go – it feels like she was born just yesterday’ thing. Still, the feeling is visceral.”
Find out what Tanis’ daughter (now 16) said about being a superhero when she was only four years old. So many things change while so many others remain the same. “At the age of 16, she is a mixture of the child she still is and the adult she is growing into. As she straddles the fence between childhood and adulthood, I marvel every day at the person she is rapidly becoming.”
More Than 18 Years of Parenting and I Still Have a Lot to Learn by Ronnie Tyler of Black and Married With Kids
Ronnie describes specific moments from her now 18-year old son’s life, and shares parenting lessons. “And, as he’s grown…I’ve grown too. I am not the same scared 20-year-old who had no idea what to do with this baby that I brought home from the hospital.”
Hey, Nineteen: A post to save lives by Liz Gumbinner of Mom-101
As her own daughter approaches tweenhood, Liz gets brilliantly nostalgic sharing a series of memories from her own growing-up years. “It’s a strange thing to now have children at ages where I can remember so much of those years myself. I catch myself saying ‘I learned to ride a bike with training wheels at six too.’ Or ‘when I was your age I remember a dollar would get you two slices of pizza and a small fountain Coke! Now go get my cane.’”
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Want to catch up on earlier posts? Read our first roundup of posts here.