Growing Up Poems

Growing Up Poems

Poems about Teenagers Coming of Age

Growing up is hard to do. The challenges that a child must deal with throughout the life cycle are overwhelming. Children must deal with physical, emotional and psychological changes as they grow. There is no manual for growing up. In western society there are so many options given to children that they often feel confused and lost. We are not doing our children a favor if we do not provide guidance to them. Parents are there to help children navigate this confusing world. Let us not shirk in our duties.

42 Poems about Children Going Through Adolescence

  1. 1. Can I Carry You?

    • By Brad Anderson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    In this beautiful poem which tugs at the heart, a father relishes his time with his child knowing he'll be grown up and gone only too quickly.

    I guess that I can hold you
    one more time before you grow
    and tell you that I love you
    so that you will always know.

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    I think this is one of the coolest ways to express a dad's love. It's not expressed in the same monotonous lament where some will cry for and some will not. This poem will definitely make any...

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  3. 2. Every Mom's Test

    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.

    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,

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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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  5. 3. As I Watch You Grow

    • By Kay Theese
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A mother writes to her daughter, letting her know how much she loves her. Written and dedicated to my precious daughter - Tammy - in 1990.

    Do you know how much you mean to me?
    As you grow into what you will be.
    You came from within, from just beneath my heart.
    It's there you'll always be, though your own life will now start.

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    I have been trying to figure out how to put these feelings into words and I read this and this was it. My daughter is 16 today and needless to say this made her day. Thank you for your...

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  6. 4. All Because Of You

    • By Dana
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    I moved out of my parents' house when I was 17. I've lost people in my life, done things that I shouldn't have, had people treat me like I was nothing. But even though I've had all of these troubles, I've still come out a caring, giving, and loving person. I wrote this poem with my parents in mind. But now that it's written, I've found that it's not just about them, it's about everyone who has ever been in my life. Anyone who has influenced me and anyone I will meet in the future who will influence me.

    My life is changing.
    The life that I've had,
    It's changing forever,
    But no need to be sad.

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  7. 5. A New Beginning

    • By Troy Martin, Jr.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    We watch with bated breath as our children spread their wings, fearing that they will fall and become dejected.

    A little egg under her mother's wings.
    Yet to be born into the world of things.

    A crack and a pop, out she came.

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    Yes it touches to my heart. As we are the parents who do this for our children to make them strongest on earth.

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  8. 6. My Daughter, My Friend

    • By Kristina Cyronek
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2013

    My daughter has become a teenager, and I can see every day how hard it is. We just had an argument. I want her to know how much I love her and that I know how she feels, but I just can't fix it. It's all part of growing up.

    I see the pain in your eyes and feeling like you do.
    I wish I could take it all away and skip these years for you.

    Being a teen is so very hard, it really isn't fair

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  9. 7. Inside

    • By Nikki L. Rench
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Growing up is very difficult, a mixture of leaving behind and embracing new challenges.

    Bottled up inside
    Are the things I never said,
    The feelings that I hide,
    The lines you never read

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  10. 8. Daisy Bear

    • By Kerry Love
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008

    I live in Britain and love to write from the heart.

    You were always there to protect me
    through the dark and cold of night.
    I would hold you close beside me
    and squeeze you in so close, so tight.

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    This poem linked with my current phase. A teddy bear is a non-living thing, but when I start telling him my daily stuff, it seems that he listens and the solution to my worries is the big...

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  11. 9. Suddenly With The Blink Of An Eye

    I wrote this poem many years ago when my oldest son was going to school for the first time. He is 29 years old now and has made me so proud of his achievements in life. Children are a blessing from God. Treasure every moment; time goes by so fast!

    The sun was brilliantly shining.
    It was a picture of a day,
    when I stared outside my window
    and watched my son at play.

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  12. 10. The Mirror

    • By Patti Evans
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2012

    A poem I wrote when my daughter just turned 19 years old and seemed to be taking a troubled path. I felt as though she didn't know who she was or where she was going.

    Look into the mirror and tell me who you see
    Is it someone you love and in someone you believe?

    The mirror will not lie and it only knows you

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    I am fifteen turning sixteen in about two months and this poem was so beautifully written, it just really makes me think about myself and how I should change the way I see myself and others....

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  13. 11. Golden Days

    • By Olivia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    I was just missing my childhood days, so this was the outcome!

    Those were the days...

    When I used to get up late,
    Never cared about the day and date.

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  14. 12. I Remember

    Childhood is an important stage in everyone's life. It's when we start to develop, learn new things and discover more about the world we live in. We start to have aspirations of the future, imagining the endless possibility out in the world. I wrote this poem as I felt it was important to highlight the good things of childhood. Although every word is not as it happened, my childhood is something I wouldn't want to forget, always embedded in my mind.

    I remember-
    of days so long in the past
    when I wished I would grow up so fast.

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    The childhood of a person might be a mixture of both pleasant and unpleasant memories. Mine is dominated by unpleasant memories, but I love to read and listen to the pleasant experiences of...

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  15. 13. Though You Are Grown

    • By Cynthia A. Sieving
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    In the words of the poet "the years would feel like moments after you had grown." The poem portrays the bittersweet experience of watching one's children grow.

    I remember years ago,
    you were so little then.
    Sometimes,
    I can't help but wish

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    I absolutely love this poem. It is just a spot on and every line touches the heart.

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  16. 14. A Young Woman

    • By Leticia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    This is a poem about a girl turning into a young woman and her parents finally letting her go.

    There comes a time in a young girl's life,
    When she begins to start growing up.
    It's a time when you need to let her go
    And trust that she'll take the right path.

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  17. 15. Who Are We?

    I think it is only natural for all mankind to want to know where they come from. Who they resemble. And a lot of children who are adopted do not get to. Their records are sealed. Like top secret government missile codes. And they grow up and have children of their own who will want to know where they come from. I am one of those children and so are mine. I just want to see who I look like, who my mother looks like, etc.

    My mother was adopted.
    All the records tightly sealed.
    Now all she has are questions,
    Like wounds that never healed.

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    For some of us, meeting our parents saved our lives. I'm sorry things got hard. It is definitely hard to look at yourself and wonder where your nose, eyes, etc. came from. It's difficult to...

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  18. 16. The Box

    A nostalgic look at life through the eyes of a child via a cardboard box.

    As I look back to when I was but a boy,
    I'd have to say a cardboard box was my favorite toy.

    There were no action figures in this day,

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  19. 17. A Mother's Question

    • By Christine Werner
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2015

    To my little girl. I wrote this poem for you as I stood in the doorway of your bedroom after you'd left for college. It's taken a while to finish it, and now it's complete. This is what I felt and my words to God as I stood with my hand on the doorknob and found myself physically not able to pull the door closed. I cried, and this question rang over and over in my head. I love you, Alyssa. My life has been worth something with you in it.

    How do I close the door to this space?
    With my eyes filled with tears, my arms haven't the strength.

    How do I close the door to this space?

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  20. 18. Ebony Curls

    • By Samantha T. Ulloa
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Though her daughter is grown up and leaving the house, her mother still see the five-year-old that lives inside.

    I watch as she flaps her arms,
    Pretends to fly.
    With her optimistic charms,
    Always asking why.

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  21. 19. Letter To My Daughter

    I wrote this poem for my 22-year-old daughter, Ayla, to let her know that I love her and I will always be there for her.

    When I first held you in my arms,
    You were so perfect and so small.
    You are a full-grown woman now;
    And I am proud, oh how!

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  22. 20. Between A Mother And A Daughter

    • By Helene Kozinn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Letter written to a daughter, remembering the loving times shared together and asking for more of those times in the future.

    You are in my thoughts every step of my way.
    Although you are grown and far away,
    I know when you're happy or having a bad day.
    Just being your mom, I know your way.

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    That was a beautiful poem. It put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. It still amazes me that I still look at my daughter now at age 45 as I did the day she was born. My daughter also...

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