Find What Feels Right for You. Then Fly.

My daughter Quinnlin is eleven. It’s a big eleven. She’s testing her limits, gaining new interests and trying new things. In exploring new things she is trying makeup and learning a lot in the process.

She’s watched countless videos by the KrazyCrayCray and the late Talia Joy.

I’ve been giving her and letting her buy make up for the last 18 months to play with and occasionally let her wear (Girl Scouts Father-Daughter Dance) and over the last month or two I’ve let her wear it daily if she wanted. She’s certainly taken tips about less is more and we’ve working on scaling back.

Several people we’ve encountered have made negative comments about her being “so young” to wear make up.

I wholeheartedly disagree. One of the reasons I’ve let her experience several different make up options is because I want her to grow up feeling like she has options with everything…that she can try out different things and stop what she’s doing and change her mind.

Maybe it’s a small way to get her started in life to help her understand. I want her to try new things not only with make up but with everything in her life, so she can figure out what feels right to her in love, life, pleasure and work.

We all should be trying new things…

Try something.

Stop it. 

Try something else. 

Until it feels right. 

Fly.

Start something new.

Repeat.

About Julia Roberts

Laughing at raising your two kids with special needs is frowned upon in certain circles, you know? Like Grandma and Grandpa find it especially annoying. Blogging since 2005 at Kidneys and Eyes and co-founder of a social networking site, Support for Special Needs, she stays pretty busy working in her business with her husband (yeah, they're crazy) and insurance receipts. A night owl, Diet Coke lover, and vintage photo collector she hopes to raise advocates and activists.

Comments

  1. :) My little girl has just started wearing makeup. I’m impressed w her light handed technique.

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  2. vicky says:

    Julia,

    I agree with everything you said. Not only are you helping Quinnlin feel comfortable with trying new things, but you’re helping anyone who reads your blog that it’s okay to have fun with new interests.

    Interestingly enough that you mentioned Talia Joy. Several people made youtube comments to Talia that she was too young for makeup too. But she only got to live to one month shy of her 14th birthday. And she helped changed the world all because of her interest in teaching others how to apply makeup.

    Vicky

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