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Have you ever heard the saying “paint yourself in a positive light?” It means make yourself look good… I MEAN REALLY GOOD! And for many on social media, this concept has become so amplified that it actually means TRY TO LOOK PERFECT! Everybody is doing it, right? It’s mind-blowing the measures people will go to in an effort to paint themselves in a positive light. Some take 100 selfies to try to find that ONE perfect picture. Some use an editing app to try to create a perfect, flawless smile and body. Some agonize over the perfect caption to promote the perfect friend group. Some work tirelessly to capture the perfect, relaxed look on that perfect eat-your-heart-out-bet-you-wish-you-were-here vacation.

It’s EXHAUSTING trying to...

I wasn’t totally surprised when I found out (from another mom) that my 6th grade daughter* had a “boyfriend.”  I had noticed the flirtation and bigger-than-usual-smile when he was around.  Besides, I was in the 6th grade once, too.   Back then, we called it “going steady.”  Today, I hear it’s called “going out.”

I knew better than to say what I said, but it just slithered out of that dorkey-parent-talk space that materializes when you have children. 

“I heard you’re going out with Sam.*  So… where are you going?”

If you have an adolescent daughter, you can imagine the response.

I wasn’t making fun of her BF interest, just trying to keep it “light.”  I just didn’t want her to think that we were diving head...