Self-Esteem, Bullying and Sex – Tackling the Hard Issues with Your Tweens

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At my 24 week checkup of child number 2, the ultrasound technician happily informed me that the precious bundle of joy I was carrying was a boy. I cried. No, I wept, maybe wailed is more like it. I did NOT want a boy.

I already had a boy and in order to complete the perfect little family I’d envisioned, I NEEDED a girl. Our son would grow up to be an athlete, possibly an Olympian, and our daughter would grow up to be a world renown doctor or scientist.

As I got home that afternoon, I had another panic attack.


God Answers Prayer

I prayed hard that night. Actually I prayed for MONTHS after the doctor’s visit, asking for a girl. I loved my perfect little baby boy, but I was only going to have 2 perfect children and one of them was going to be a girl.

Seriously, present day me would have dumped past day me in tub full of ice. I needed to chill.

If you’ve been a believer for any length of time, you KNOW God is in the business of answering prayer. He will clearly respond with “No”, “Go”, or “Wait”. The sonogram was wrong, child number 2 was a girl. And so were the next 4.

I have 5 daughters and one son. Yes, FIVE girls.

God also has a sense of humor. This is something I know.

Do You Lack Wisdom?

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called” is what my Pastor constantly reminds us of, before an evangelistic event.

One thing I should mention, is that I’m not what you would call “girly”. I don’t like pink (unless it’s fluorescent), I absolutely hate shopping (unless it involves office supplies). I have a pixie cut because I never learned how to style hair. I’m clueless when it comes to make-up, and I will always fall on my face if and when I attempt to wear heels.

My lack of ‘knowing how to girl‘ as my 16-year-old would put it, was no problem of course, when my son was entering the tween years. Communication between us was great. We loved reading, we loved movies, we loved comic books and building things. We ‘got’ each other.

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