Just got back from our yearly mother and daughter trip. This year I decided to take my daughter back to New York City where we went on our first trip 6 years ago. Well, things were quite different this time around with a pre-teen. Natasha still loved the city but we got to enjoy it in a much more grown-up way, sharing many more of the same interests. We kept busy seeing the Empire State Building, shopping, eating and attending a show on Broadway. The best part of the trip was doing a tour of NBC studios and sharing in my daughters dream of someday being on TV.
This year we invited a friend and her daughter to join us. This was eye opening seeing a 15 year old and her mom and how much our daughters change between 12 and 15. They go from being our little girl and so much a part of us to young adults wanting to be separate, their own person with their own style and interests. Watching the interaction gave me some insights on how different the mother/daughter relationship becomes as our little girls grow and even though they change and have a personality of their own they are still in desperate need of our love and acceptance.