Since I have two pre-teens in the house, one boy and one girl, the subject of body changes is a constant hot topic around here. There is no end of fascination about new hair growth, yodeling boy voices, unexplainable bouts of tears, and new body odors.
And I’m really enjoying this stage with my daughter. We have been bonding over electric razors and hair products and it has been a little bit like having a new friend.
But I’ve had to be gentle about each new bit of girl information I’ve shared by waiting for the right moment and making sure that I’m in tune with what is going on in her life and what questions she’s asking. We’ve covered such topics as menstruation, sex, shaving our legs, and the need for a good deodorant but I’ve hesitated to bring up topics out of the blue for fear of causing insecurities. I mean, I wouldn't want to say,"P.U. What stinks," right before moving into the body odor topic. A little tact is in order.
So I've been biting my tongue about her eyebrows.
It was destiny really. Her dad is a hairy guy with eyebrows like fuzzy caterpillars. She really only had a 50/50 chance of having two eyebrows instead of one. But I’ve not wanted to bring up something that wasn’t an issue for her so I’ve kept quiet.
But obviously I missed this one because a few days ago she came out of her room looking decidedly different. She HAD been noticing that her eyebrow should be eyebrows and had used her new electric razor to separate them. The only problem was that she had been just a bit overzealous.
She had shaved such a huge gap in between them that she now had what looked like Hitler’s mustache over both eyes.
I think our next bonding moment will include a pair of tweezers and plucking lessons….as soon as they grow back.