Parenting a spectrum of girls

Taylor Swift

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My girl with a newly lost tooth

I can’t write about M without writing about Taylor Swift.  Her current obsession is Taylor Swift.  Her first obsession was fire trucks, then she added The Beatles.  She still loves those things, but her current consuming passion is Taylor Swift.

This past summer at daycare an older girl was “teaching” M and a couple other younger girls a dance routine to Taylor Swift’s “Santa Baby”. The obsession started with this one song, which we had to listen to over & over & over. It was one thing that would calm M when she was anxious or upset. K had a couple of her albums and over time she moved from just the one song to anything Taylor Swift. She currently has all of her albums (she got Red from me for Valentines Day, and it is her favorite Album. Fearless is her 2nd favorite). She will sometimes still ask for The Beatles, but other than that she never wants to listen to anything else. She dressed up as Taylor Swift for Halloween. She has the Scholastic autobiography and 2 biography DVDs, the deluxe versions of two of the albums with DVD videos, a tour photo book for Fearless and a T-shirt.

M says Taylor Swift is the best singer in the world ever, and when we talk about how God gives everyone different gifts she says “like he gave Taylor Swift the gift of being the best singer ever”. Last year she got her hair cut short because it bothered her brushing on her back, but now she is letting it grow out again so it will look like Taylor Swift’s. She has Taylor Swift posters on her walls & ceiling around her bed (she has the top bunk in her and A’s room). She wears cowboy boots to look like Taylor Swift and practices singing so she can sing like her one day.

She knows a few girls who are going to a nearby Taylor Swift concert soon. She doesn’t understand why she isn’t going and doesn’t think it’s fair. But I know that no matter how much she loves the music and would love to see Taylor Swift live, she could not handle a concert. So many people, so loud and chaotic…I almost go into sensory overload just thinking about it. I so wish she could go, and maybe one day she will be close enough to being able to handle it that I could take her, but that won’t be any time soon. In the meantime she blares the music through her headphones to help her get to sleep at night, and at least she has a positive role model. I use it as a teaching tool how you can do anything you put your mind to, you just have to work hard, develop your talents and don’t get discouraged.

There are definitely worse obsessions she could have. At least she likes The Beatles and Taylor Swift…A likes to listen to Yo Gabba Gabba! 😛

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Halloween 2012, M (long blond wig of course) dressed as Taylor Swift

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