Every parent has had to have a few uncomfortable conversations with their children about growing up and the changes their body will go through.
It’s inevitable. Every person goes through puberty, which includes mood swings, among other things.
Missy and Jase Robertson‘s youngest child and only daughter, Mia, is about to turn 13-years-old and enter middle school. A few years ago when the girls were 10-years-old, Missy took Mia and her niece Merrit (Jep and Jessica’s daughter) out to eat.
Since they are the same age, they have a lot of the same friends and told Missy a story about their friend’s sister overreacting about a boy.
Mia and Merritt figured the only explanation for her actions was that she went crazy! Missy offered another suggestion. Hormones.
“What’s a hormone?” Mia and Merritt asked.
It was then and there, a few years earlier than she expected, that Missy had to explain to these young girls what puberty is all about.
She explained what happens physically to girls’ bodies as they go through changes and told them “God is getting our bodies ready to have children later in life”.
“Ew!” they both said.
“I went on to explain also that, even though our bodies are going through a physical change at that time, it also effects our emotions,” she wrote in her blog. “I told them that they will soon start to think that their moms aren’t as cool as they once thought (Ugh!) and that they might even want to talk back and be disrespectful to me and Jessica (Double ugh!). And the final thing I talked to them about was how their friends will start to interact with them, that they needed to get ready for drama, unkind words and attitudes from them and even downright meanness! In other words, Mean Girls – here we come.”
She also reiterated that God will give them strength to get through these tough times ahead.
Watch Missy and Mia singing “Amazing Grace” below.