today the girlchild is eighteen

It has been a tough year for the Girlchild, but she faced the challenges and overcame them. We couldn’t be more proud of her.

1989telling a story at seven weeks
1992full of beans
1993with her best friend Emma
2002in England
Wyoming 2003llama hiking in Wyoming, with the Mathematician
2004as Cher, for a class project
Coney IslandManhattan summer
mountain girlat Second Nature
May 2007 *Please watch for signs of depression in your teenagers:
Poor performance in school
Sadness and hopelessness
Withdrawal from friends
Loss of interest in favorite activities and subjects
Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
Anger and rage
Overreaction to criticism
Feelings of being unable to satisfy ideals
Poor self-esteem
Extreme guilt
Indecision, lack of concentration or forgetfulness
Restlessness and agitation
Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
Substance abuse
Problems with authority
Suicidal thoughts or actions

Don’t wait for a teen to come to you. Deep depression is disabling. If you see these symptoms, act. Consult a professional, talk to the teen. Do not wait for a teen to come to you.