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10 Things I Wish My 10-year-old Daughter Knew

By John Cave Osborne |

Things are awfully exciting in our house these days. Such is the case, I suppose, when you have an 11-month-old baby and three 4-year-olds. Put simply, we’re smack dab in the middle of the “milestone wheelhouse,” if you will. Whether it’s Luke pulling himself up or the triplets learning how to ride a bike (video evidence of that forthcoming, by the way), it seems like every time Caroline and I turn around, one of our children is learning something new.

With the exception of Alli, our oldest, that is. Not that she doesn’t continue to learn every day. She does. It’s just that at age 10, she’s long left the “milestone wheelhouse.” And I gotta tell you, it’s so nice to have at least one child who doesn’t need our help 24-7. Who’s capable of great independence. And who’s such a good kid to boot.

That said, she, like many a 10-year-old, is entering the stage in which she thinks she knows it all. And it turns out that there are many things she doesn’t know. Here are 10 I wish she did.

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months after marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, they have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. Read bio and latest posts → Read John's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “10 Things I Wish My 10-year-old Daughter Knew

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  2. Kristin says:

    Privilege vs. entitlement: her teachers — current and future, all the way through college — will thank you for that one!

    Great post. I feel the same about my 11-year-old daughter.

  3. Joan (SurprisedMom) says:

    John, sometimes you break my heart. In a very good way. Right now I’m going to hug my daughters and tell them I love them.

  4. Patrick (yeah, that one) says:

    All very good things that I am confident that she will learn. :-) Parenting is one of the greatest responsibilities but it has some of the greatest rewards, and I believe you’ll be enjoying those rewards for years to come.

  5. Meredith Carroll says:

    Well, you got me on this one (she writes as she wipes a small tear from her eye). Beautiful, John.

  6. Jennifer Sorbara says:

    Your just how much comment made me laugh a little and I wanted to let you know, she knows. I met my “step” father when I was three and I am now thirty so please beleive me when I say I have first hand knowledge of what it is to be your daughter. I did the same thing I would roll my eyes and huff when ever he said he loved me, why? Because I got sick of hearing it (not really) I knew he loved me because he was there, I knew he loved me because even when I said mean things like ” your not my father” he would hug me and say ” I know baby but I love you too.”. I know he loved me because after raising three kids of his own and then raising the three of us, when I showed up at his door alone and scared with a one month old baby he said “welcome home” and has helped me raise my two girls never once saying I am sorry I can’t. We may. It always say it and we may huff and puff but in your heart please know she knows.

  7. Steve at SingleGuyWithKids.com says:

    Wow! What a wonderful post. I have an eleven year old and can easily identify with all of these things… Especially the eyes rolling.

    It’s nice to see that other parents have the same concerns and hopes for their daughters. One day they will grow up and maybe see the things we see.

    The one about being vested means so much. Kids need to know they are being looked out for, but not spied on. Being a part of their social lives helps build that lasting trust. I am vested in my kids’ lives and for that I am an integral part of their friendships.

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