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As Your Children Get Older, You Become Less Important

| by Suzanne Venker
It's official: I am no longer The Most Important Person in my Child's Life. Well, not with my daughter anyway. My five-year-old still thinks I'm the berries, Thank God.

My daughter turns 9 next month. Unbelievable to me. I haven't minded the getting older part in general, but now that she officially thinks her two best friends walk on water, I sort of do mind.

I like her friends. No problem there. It's just the phase that says, "I am my own person and you can no longer control every move I make." She's right, of course. And I remember the feeling well. Still, I'm not sure I'll ever get used to the fact that the old her is gone. Not completely, I know. But enough that I'm sad about it.

Which is why I'm taking her with me to a conference out in Santa Barbara, CA, in March. She and I have never traveled alone together, and I'm very much looking forward to it. She's growing up, and I have so much to teach her about the world now. Things I couldn't say when she was younger. Like all mothers, I suppose I'll get used to the new her.

I just wasn't expecting it so soon.



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