My parents were pretty strict when I was younger. I was not allowed to date anyone until I was 16, and even then there were a lot of rules. I also was not allowed to wear any type of makeup until I was 16. I thought it was so unfair when I was a kid, but now that I am a mother of two young girls, I completely understand it. My younger sister feels it is unfair too. She asked me if I would take her for her first manicure and pedicure because she just feels I can relate to her more than our parents can.
She was born nearly 13 years after me, so there is quite the age difference. I was nearly 30 years old when she was finally able to start wearing makeup on her own. My oldest daughter is just five years younger than she is, so I can understand it both ways. I remember feeling our parents were too strict, but I understand why they were now. I decided to try and explain this to her at the nail salon that I go to on a regular basis.
Of course, my talk fell on deaf ears. My ears would have been just as stubborn when I was also 16 and finally tasting a bit of beauty freedom. We still had good time together at the nail salon though. She had both the manicure and pedicure done, and I made sure that what she chose was age appropriate. Our parents really don’t need to worry about that, because she has such a good head on her shoulders, probably even more than what I did at her age. We have agreed that we are going to get together at least once a month and have a shared mani/pedi date together.