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Lynda Loveland: Parental growing pains

Posted November 5, 2014

Lynda Loveland

Do you ever have those moments when you’re completely overcome with emotion regarding your kids and it comes totally out of the blue?

Sure it can happen at things like graduations, performances and games, etc. But this one happened while I was standing in my daughter’s room, talking to her about her school’s Halloween dance. She was going as a werewolf. Masks weren’t allowed so she painted her face.

As she was getting dressed, suddenly, I didn’t see my 11-year-old daughter anymore. It was as though her face paint hid her identity. What I saw were behaviors and mannerisms and the speech of a maturing young lady!

This was a different person I was seeing! Without warning, my eyes filled with tears. I had to walk out of the room. In the space of 20 seconds, I saw her for who she was becoming and who she was leaving behind.

Lynda is the mom of three and news anchor and reporter for WRAL-TV and Fox 50. Find her here on Go Ask Mom and on Facebook.


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  • RGMTRocks Nov 6, 2014

    Get used to those bittersweet moments Lynda. They will be many as she continues to grow into a young woman through middle and high school and beyond. Mine is a senior in high school this year and mature beyond her years already but I'm seeing even more maturation lately in her thoughts and actions. I'm so proud but oh my goodness, be still my heart. Where did my little girl go? Nice to see below in the comments that I am not alone. Hang in there Mommies!

  • Cora Blue Nov 6, 2014
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    The transition is one of awe and heartache, beauty and bittersweet emotion. Lovely post about a profound moment- a moment many parents are too busy to notice.

  • Cindy Rose Nov 6, 2014
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    I totally get it. And I can only imagine how long I'll cry when my daughter leaves for college next fall. Realizing she's a senior this year has been tough enough.

  • raleighboy524 Nov 6, 2014

    sounds like too much wine to me. ;)

  • JAT Nov 6, 2014

    I was told last night by my 12 year old that when she turns 13, I won't be allowed to cuddle with her or kiss her goodnight. Yeah, we'll see about that.

  • n1972dd Nov 6, 2014

    I simply love the Pic. My daughter is only 4 and I have those moments already.

  • Karen Orndorff Nov 6, 2014
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    Sorry it only gets worse from here, I cried 2 weeks when my daughter went to college.