I have a daughter who is a born performer.
She loves to dance, to sing and perform anywhere and everywhere.
As soon as she hears music, she has to move, it is a natural part of her instincts.
Another part of her natural instincts is the desire to grow up as fast as she can.
The only way to describe it is that she is on a fast track to womanhood.
Her natural desire to perform often proves to be very entertaining and fun around our home.
I love to see her happy and using her talent to make us smile.
Her desire to become a woman at the age of 10, not so fun!
It is the source of many a lengthy discussion and heated conversation.
I love this girl so much and want her to be happy.
It is just that we have a different view of happiness.
She wants to charge full steam ahead into life and all that being a woman brings;
heels, foundation, mascara and unsupervised experiences.
Me, I have my foot firmly on the brakes and am holding her back.
I want her to slow down, to enjoy her childhood and to be who she is right now.
So we talk, we negotiate and we work hard to find a happy balance.
Some days I let my foot off the brakes a little and other days I put my foot down right to the floor.
I know she can't see what I see as a mother.
She is a child still who wants to explore, to learn and to grow.
She knows I am doing it because I love her and am trying to protect her.
I also know sometimes in life we don't want to be protected, we need to learn for ourselves.
So we try our best to find a balance.
I love that Liahona loves life and all that comes her way.
I love that she wants to grow up and mature.
But for me, I am going to continue to parent with my brakes on.
It is intense, it is emotional and it is a challenge.
It is everything motherhood should be and I am up for the challenge.