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Lessons from my daughter

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I took my 13-year-old to the doctor on Friday for a physical and flu shot. The nurse took her into the hallway for height and weight.

"I'll tell you your height, but I won't call out your weight," she said quietly. "I know that girls can be touchy about weight."

My daughter, oblivious to the idea of "being touchy about her weight," was loudly outraged to find out she was only 5' 3.5" instead of 5' 4". As for her weight, the nurse must have pointed to the number because I heard her ask, "Is this about right?"

"What?" asked my daughter.

"This number? Is this normal for you?"

"Oh, I don't know," my daughter replied.

"Oh! I just thought -- I mean, a lot of girls your age keep track of that."

"Yeah...not me."

I was proud of my daughter for not caring about the number. She is an athletic dancer who eats a ton of food and burns it off. When her jeans get tight, she skips ice cream. When she's coming off of a 3-hour dance class, she is hungry -- and she eats. Right now she is achieving balance without letting a number control her life. I'll do my best to keep her on this positive, healthy track.
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