We have a very special guest blogger today – my beautiful daughter, Elise. As a parent, it’s not easy to understand why our teenagers do what they do and think what they think. So, from time to time, I ask Elise to write about it. Anyone else out there have a teenage daughter? Does this sound familiar? Comment on this post, and let me know. – Dr. Viv
Once again, Homecoming has made its lovely approach into high schools across the country. Homecoming is stressful. Girls worry about the dress, shoes, girlfriend drama, and of course the most terrifying part is the boys.
Last year, I took a leap of faith and asked a boy I liked, and unfortunately, he said, “no.” Instead, I went with my best guy friend and had a wonderful time. To any girl who has ever experienced a school dance, their hope is to go with their dream boy, however, they are scared and anxious to ask. My opinion? Fear is only in your head, if the “ask” doesn’t go well, hold your head up high, and walk away with pride.
In a prior blog, I focused on body image and this intertwines with Homecoming. In order for me to walk out the front door of my house to the dance with confidence, I decided to lose some weight. I have lost ten pounds since last year, and this has made a big difference. The photo is me with my brother, Dominic, before this year’s dance.
Who did I go with this year for Homecoming? Out of worry, I texted my younger cousin, Matthew (pictured below), for boy advice. He told me, “If the person doesn’t like who you are, then they aren’t the right person.” He is wise for his years. In other words, if a boy won’t ask you, then it’s his loss of a good time.