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5 Life Lessons I’m Learning from My High School Freshman

Life is moving quickly, and I’m learning to treasure the time with my kids. My daughter is entering her freshman year, and I know the next four years will be over in a blink of an eye. I’ve been considering this more and more, and trying to soak in these moments. I wanted to share some recent things my daughter has taught me lately…I am still learning after all these years!

  1. For my freshman, fashion isn’t everything. Most days she is perfectly happy in a t-shirt and gym shorts, which is ironic since the last thing she wants to do is play sports!
  2. Life does not revolve around sports. This was a hard one to accept. Others in the house love watching and playing sports, but Emma prefers to sing, dance and read. And really, she has a point, because after the game is over – it’s done, life goes on, win or lose {she brings us back to reality because sometimes we get caught up in the game}.
  3. Just because you’re a girl, doesn’t mean you can’t like sci-fi books and movies.
  4. If there is a book around – it must be read! This is an awesome reminder for me to slow down and take time to read and relax. 
  5. Life is not lived through social media. Oh how I need this EXCELLENT reminder. She isn’t on the big teen social sites a lot, and it reminds me I don’t have to be attached to the platforms every moment, too. 

As she prepares to start high school, I’m a big ball of emotions…I’m excited for her to meet new friends, try new clubs, and form amazing memories.

I’m also scared of the pressures that come along in high school, but I’m optimistic that she will start to spread her wings and see how her talents shine. While most of her friends are involved in sports, it never really clicked for her. But she has an angelic voice, and I bet school musicals will be her thing! Because the time is fleeting, I wanted to capture some photos of my daughter.

If you are like me and facing a new season of life with your kids, I’d love to help you think up a fun photo shoot to remember this time! You won’t regret having these photos when you look back in the years to come.

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