Well, there was a meal, but it wasn’t the ECCC meal.  I’ve been so distracted that I actually forgot what this weeks meal was supposed to be.  I’ll delve more into my distractions in a later post.

In the meantime, I am reading this Maclean’s article titled Inside the dangerously empty lives of teenage girls; Impressing each other with sex, booze and Facebook. Can I just tell you that it is scary.  I have a daughter who is several years away from her ‘teenage years’ but I fear, that as she gets older her ‘teenage years’ are going to come racing forward to meet her!  Talk about the pressure on the teenage girls.  What about the pressure on the moms of teenage girls and teenage girls to be!  How do we bring this to a rapid halt?

Right before I ran out the door to my ‘social media’ talk, ironically enough, my husband and I had a brief discussion about our daughter.  He does the kids’ baths and he commented that bath time is very different with our daughter than it was for our son.  He said that he finds he doesn’t ‘talk’ to her as much, singing the ‘Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes’ song as he washes her, like he did with our son.  Which was timely because as I was feeding her supper just before he got home I had a similar thought.  When I fed our son I would talk to him, make an effort to teach him basic sign language for ‘more’ and ‘all done’, that kind of thing.  As I was feeding her, I noticed that I had only one eye on her and the other was always on the lookout for my son to see what kind of trouble he was getting into.  Instead of looking her in the eye and asking her if she wanted more before I moved the spoon to her mouth, I found myself calling ‘No, you can’t take that outside.  It’s an inside toy.’ only to turn back to my daughter to find that I had the spoon halted in the air, as my daughter leaned frantically forward trying to bring her mouth to it, since it obviously wasn’t finding it’s way to her mouth.

As I mentioned, it was a brief conversation, but as I drove to my discussion on how to utilize social media in business, (thanks Julie Cole!) I wondered what kind of effect this might have on her and what I could do about it.

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