Teenager Poem

My daughters mean the world to me, and I want to teach them all that I have learned about life, but sometimes I wonder whether they are able to understand that I am strict with them for their own good.

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I am glad my mother taught me about this including religion (I am Muslim). She taught me to not do things I don't want to do; saying no is something she says a lot, and I am glad because I...

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Every Mom's Test

© more by Nandita Shailesh Shanbhag

Published: November 2009

You are special; you mean the world to me.
You are my daughter, a reflection of my entity.

Every year, as I watch you grow by my side,
No matter what you do, you are my source of pride.

The umbilical cord may have been cut, but you should know
You are still bound to my soul, wherever you go.

Sometimes I am firm and you may think I am wrong.
Remember it is easy to give in but tough to be strong.

Sometimes I am strict and you may think it is unfair,
But I correct you only because I love and care.

I harden my heart and nag, scold and fight
To teach you the difference between the wrong and the right.

For soon, the days will pass swiftly all in a whirl,
And into a woman will grow my baby girl.

Tomorrow when you need inner strength above all,
I hope my values will give you the courage to stand tall.

I hope that in my teaching you will find tips few
Soon when you strive to make your dreams come true.

At a later date, when the real world you have to face,
Today's lessons will help you go ahead in the race.

Some day in the future when a mother you will be,
From my point of view, the world you will see.

For your baby then you will do what is best
To blend discipline with kindness is every mom's test.

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  • Ishita Begum by Ishita Begum
  • 2 months ago

I am glad my mother taught me about this including religion (I am Muslim). She taught me to not do things I don't want to do; saying no is something she says a lot, and I am glad because I can stand up for myself. Even if some mothers can be mean, just remember on a bad day there is always a good day-- that is what positivity is all about.

  • Johannesburg by Johannesburg
  • 6 years ago

The poem truly touched me. I wish I had a mother who could do the best for me. Unfortunately she passed away before she could even tell me about the consequences that we face as teenagers.

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