Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Mermaid Just Like You

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mermaid Just Like You

It drives my kids batty, but I am an overprotective mother. My first instinct is usually to say no when they ask to do things without us. When I got a text from the mom of one of Mariah's friends asking if she could go to the Train/Gavin DeGraw/The Script concert in Chicago with them, I almost sent a text back saying absolutely not! The thought of sending my 14 year old into the city without us didn't sit well with me. Thankfully, my husband is a yes man, and listed all the great reasons why she should go. The main reason being it was her first concert, and we didn't have to take her. Sounded good to me!

I was put at ease when she started sending us texts from the concert. She was super excited they were less than 20 rows from the stage.


The girls had a plan to dress up as mermaids because they heard when Train sang Mermaid, they were calling some of the mermaids up on stage.

Poor pic, but this is what you get when your teenager sends selfies in a text.

Sadly, they were only 8 girls away from landing on the stage, but they still got a little souvenir for dressing up.

She kept in touch throughout most of the concert, and I was thrilled Jason talked me into letting her go when she sent us a giddy text: "Gavin DeGraw just high fived "J" and looked me straight in the eye!"

So, at the end of the day, I learned that I need to loosen the reigns a little. Nothing majorly bad happened, though she did lose her phone in the venue. Thankfully, they mailed it back to us. It's hard hanging on when they just want to grow up! In 4 short years she will be moving out, and I hope at the end of her childhood she is able to look back on all the fond experiences she got to have. I feel like King Triton did when he realized he needed to let his little girl go. As Sebatian would say- "Children have got to be free to lead their own lives."

Are you a "yes" parent, or is it hard for you to let go too?

28 comments:

  1. I'm a no mom. No you can't drive your siblings around in your car. No you cannot be out past your curfew. No you cannot drink because you're under 21, lol, never mind me I'm reliving my last teen boy being in the house. Oy, I love that child, but he needed the word no, and I used it often. ;)



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    1. Hahaha, sounds like you had your hands full with that one! But reading about your boys, I know they turned out great ;)

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  2. And I'm glad your daughter had a blast at the concert. :)

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  3. Oh man, I am the exact same way as you are. My oldest is only 9, though, so hopefully I have a few years before I have to worry about stuff like this. I know the first time either one of them go off without me, I am gonna be a nervous wreck. I am glad she had fun, though.

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    1. Those few years you have to wait are going to sneak up on you faster than you know! Than it's worry, worry, worry! lol.

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  4. I adore The Script, they're so special in today's music world....

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    1. Me too! They are definitely one of my favorite current bands!

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    1. Glad to see I'm not the only one who is programmed to say no first thing!

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  6. haha I'd be a no person I think, but may come around after a while

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    1. Men are usually a little more laid back about those things. I'm sure you'd be cool after a bit!

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  7. I think your girls look so cute.
    :)
    I love the 'Hey Soul sister' track by Train.

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    1. Thanks Z! I love that song too! But Drops of Jupiter is definitely my favorite!

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  8. You know it is because you are a good mother those reigns were there. It is hard to let go and hard to know how much!

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    1. Aww, thanks Sandy! It's definitely hard to let go. When she moves to the coast in 4 years, I am going to be a wreck!

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  9. Oh I remember when my daughter got her drivers license. I was terrified the first time I let her take my car to the school dance. There are so many firsts and they are all hard! Luckily there are cell phones! They are always able to keep in touch with mom. Can you imagine are poor mothers? I think I was a no mom too but she turned out great so I guess I did something right!

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    1. I don't know how our mothers did it! No wonder my mom was on edge all the time. With 4 kids to look after, she was constantly having to worry about one of us lol!

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  10. Awwwww they're growing up too fast!! How awesome though that she texted you throughout the show...that shows so much responsibility on her part :) I think more kids should be like that when out, to help reassure their parents they're ok :) I can't believe she'll be moving out in only 4 years!! You've done such a great job raising your girls :)

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    1. She's definitely showing responsibility! But then again, she's always been pretty mature. It's Allison that's going to be the death of me. Such a free spirit who "forgets" to follow the rules often!

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  11. they'll remember that for a long time

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  12. I can't blame the girls. I love mermaids, as a matter of fact I have been called mermaid often - only because I love seafood. I feel the same way about places like that with my kids, and yes, I would say no...But it looked like everything worked out fine - so I am happy for you.

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  13. Wonderful! Fantastic concert, beautiful mermaids!

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  14. It is so hard to know what to do. I sure don't miss those days when my Daughter was young. Lucky for you... your Daughter kept in touch, lets hope she continues to do that.... makes it easier to say yes.

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  15. I'm more the yes one and my husband's more the no one.

    They do look great as mermaids.

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  16. Watching a concert live could be a good and rejuvenating factor.

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  17. I remember went to my first concert, it was school day so I had to skip school and my mom made a permission letter for me ha ha..
    Now I am more of a no-mom. I say no and my husband say yes X_X
    I am already planning to drive my boys to the prompt and join them hang out with friends. I can imagine how annoying I would be hahahaha.. :P

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  18. I am glad they got to go to the concert and have a good time. Technology is really amazing as from that distance they could keep in touch and you knew all was well. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday Theresa.

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  19. I've loosened the reigns more than I used to. Our two oldest daughters got the brunt of us being way overprotective. Although I still am, I know they need to experience things on their own as well. Looks like she had a great time at the concert!

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