The Day Has Arrived: My 12-Year-Old Daughter Wants to Shave Her Legs
This day has been on the horizon for a while. I could see the signs headed my way. But in my mind, I've tried to convince myself that it wasn't going to happen soon.
My denial was wrong ... my baby is growing up. Shaylee recently turned 12. She's starting to go through those changes in life, but I've tried to tell myself that I still had more time! That my baby wasn't disappearing before my very eyes!
With the warmer temperatures, she asked me the other day if I could teach her how to shave her legs. She wanted to wear shorts to school but needed to shave her legs. Yeah, can you picture the look on my face when she asked me that?
Now, I'm not one of those parents who is going to tell her no, that she's too young. I've always ingrained into my kids' heads that they can talk or come to me about anything. This was obviously something she had been thinking about.
It's a big deal when in reality she could have YouTubed how to do it but instead chose to come to me.
I'm sure that I'll get a few mommy-shaming comments about how she's too young to be shaving her legs. But compared to some of the other girls in her grade who wear a full face of makeup every day, I think shaving legs is pretty minor.
Deep down, even though she is starting to grow up, I know that no matter what, she'll always be my baby! That includes her three older brothers as well! All my babies!