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Growing up with Ella

This is Ella, 8 years old, almost 9.

She still craves my love, and also – at times – is purposefully mischievous, mouthy and disobedient. She tells me what she is going to do and has a unique way of intoning that that is the un-budge-able way it’s going to be.

I admire it in one sense. It’s a strength, but I also get frustrated. I could squash it. I could set her straight. Yet each time I do, I take the power she is going to need to keep for herself in this world. I don’t want to do that.

I’m learning to pause, wait, be calm and “okay.” I say it like, “Show me…”

Not easy, but simple. The more I do practice that type of response, the more I’m learning to trust her.

I remind myself that my relationship with Ella is the most important female relationship I have.

I love my daughter!

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