Today at church, I had a dramatic realization that my worries as a mother for my son are going to be much different from my worries for my daughter. My worries for Erin include such things as teaching her to dress modestly, and dealing with body issues. I worry about her learning to recognize the difference between wanting a guy to like her for her and not for her body. I worry about pressure she might get to trade physical acts for "affection."
But today in Relief Society, they brought in a couple that runs the LDS Family Services addiction support group for pornography in our area. They were discussing how to deal with it in a marriage, and what we as mothers can do to keep it out of our homes and protect our sons. As I was thinking about things, I realized just how different it's going to be for me to raise a boy than a girl, and I have to admit it scared me a little.
I mean, I know what it's like to be a teenaged girl.
I guess that's part of the reason why the Lord expects His children to be raised in a home with a mother AND a father, and I'm so glad that I can provide that at this point. I'll try my best, but at least Matt truly understands what it's like to be a teenaged boy.
And, a change of topic, since I can't leave you without a picture. This is Erin, trying on my watch and bracelet, which she says are "boolee" (her word for pretty).
She also sings in Sacrament meeting now! It's SO cute! I would try to get a video, but...that's not exactly appropriate.