Today is the day you turn 13 years old. You officially say goodbye to your childhood and will be considered a teenager.
This has been the fastest 13 years of my life. You are my first-born. The child that made me a mom. You are the one that blessed me with my first pregnancy.
Nobody ever told me that parenting was going to be so tough yet so beautifully rewarding. I feel every emotion that you experience by a ten-fold. Every scrape and bruise, every victory, every heartache. It was exactly like I was told, “having a child is like having your heart beat outside of your body.” I hope one day you will understand that what you say is important to me, and I really do care. I care about you more than anybody and will always be your biggest ally and most ardent supporter. I promise you I will continue to show up for you, at sporting events, school events or just in general, even when you say do not want me there.
Please know that I will also be tough when needed and that you will not always like me. You will want to jump up and down and scream at me. It will be okay. I will still love you. You will not know it at the time, but I will tell you “no” because it is best for you.
You will have only five more years until you are considered an adult. Honor and respect them. These are magical, formative years. You will learn to drive a car, earn your first official taxable dollar, make lots of new friends, possibly fall in love. You will not understand why some people are mean to you. That’s okay. It will have nothing to do with you. Look for the positive. Accept change. Sometimes life will be hard, but you will persevere. With each day you will grow and let go of me a little more. You will always need me though, and we will always be here for you.
Be nice to your little brother and include him in your life even when you do not want to do it. He will always look up to you as his big brother. Do not take life too seriously. Work hard and be true to yourself. Have a big heart, forgive easily, and most important always believe in yourself.
Happy birthday and I wish you the best birthday yet. I am so very proud of you. Welcome to your teens!