I fear even letting them leave the house because the second they do they are assaulted by images that are so opposite to who I hope for them to be. Lover of chocolate, cheap wine, fashion and sarcasm.

So here are the things I desperately want them to know in the not so distant future. Mom, wife, writer, speaker and soon to be taker over of the world.

Watching the MTV music awards and reading this brilliant post have started to make me think about the kind of teenage girls I want mine to be.

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The preteen and teen years aren’t easy on you or your child.

As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.

For many kids, 16 seems to be an appropriate age, but it may be entirely suitable for a mature 15-year-old to go on a date, or to make your immature 16-year-old wait a year or two.

You can also consider what other parents are doing.

At this age, it probably means your son or daughter is sitting next to a special someone at lunch or hanging out at recess.

Groups play a big role in relaying information about who likes whom.

Being a parent means committing to guide your child through many complicated and difficult stages of life.

You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.

It could be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing, but if your child is unable to even discuss it with you without getting defensive or upset, take that as a sign that they probably aren’t ready. Be aware that for many tweens and young teenagers, dating amounts to socializing in a group.