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What I Want To Teach My Daughter About Kissing Frogs

By Kristina Cerise

 

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As the parent of a young daughter, I am on the receiving end of frequent “Wait ‘til she’s dating” comments. The implication is that I should be dreading the day she is ready to date. But, the truth is that I want Daughter to date. In fact, I hope she dates a lot. A lot of people. A lot of times.

 

I want her to practice getting in—and out—of relationships.

 

I want her to learn to identify the personality traits that bring her joy as well as those that bring sorrow.

 

I want her to learn how to heal a broken heart without growing the scar tissue of bitterness.

 

I want her to learn that “something is better than nothing” is faulty arithmetic.

 

I want her to learn to be comfortable alone and how to make the most of the periods of solitude.

 

I want her to have epic tales of horrible first dates with which to entertain her friends and family.

 

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