Poetry for my (pre-)adolescent daughter
April 25, 2014 12:21 PM Subscribe
I am starting a habit of reading a poem or 2 to my 11-year-old every night at bedtime. It's been pretty random choices, and I'd like to read some fun, inspirational, empowering stuff for her.
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My daughter is on the brink of - even tipping over already - into the wilderness of adolescence. She wants to be her own person and is much more confident and self-aware than I was at that age. But she also struggles with wanting to be like all of her friends, who in her eyes seem to have it better (more vacations, more things, better make-up, etc) than her.
She is very expressive, very open and emotional, and a loving person, and I want to encourage her down a healthy path of trusting herself, seeing the beauty in the world as it is, and just being happy. She is a ballet dancer, thinks reading is pretty cool, but doesn't prefer it, and still (a lot more rarely now) walks around the yard out back telling herself stories and acting out dramas in her head. Instagram and TV are creeping in as diversions for her more and more.
I have a book of Mary Oliver poems I plan to crack into at some point. Maybe some Shel Silverstein, even though it might be a little young for her (I'm guessing that's what her take might initially be). What other suggestions do you have for poems that you think would inspire and/or tickle strong young women? What poems are just beautiful and appropriate for this stage of life (ie, no overt sexual stuff, no violence)?