Allison Lacey

Allison Lacey

It’s no secret that I never wanted children. Kids just aren’t my jam. I’ve always known this. So when Jeb and I got married, we both happily jumped aboard the no-kids train. Of course, as you all know by now, the universe found a loophole. Yes, I was well aware that I would be a summer/holiday mom, but that’s maybe six weeks out of the year.

Nope. A little over a year ago, I became a full-time mom to a bouncing baby girl aged 14 years. After the initial panic subsided, I really started to think about what it meant to be a mom. What did I want to teach her? What did I need to teach her? Should I let her have access to my closet? Even after all this time, I still don’t know the answers to most of these questions. I do know that she told me the other day that I was the “momma bear,” and it was my job to protect my cub. Gee thanks, kid. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about.

But how do I protect her? What do I tell her when a boy is breaking her heart? Do I pass along my mother’s sage advice of “dump his a--” or do I take a more empathetic approach? Or do I say nothing at all? I know I want her to grow up to be a strong, independent woman who knows how to take care of herself, but I also want her to find someone who loves her the way her dad loves me.

I often reflect back on my relationship with my mother when I was a teenager. I know I’m lucky because not only did we have a great relationship then, but we remain close today. She is my No. 1 go-to for parenting advice. I am also lucky in the sense that some of the most amazing moms I know are also my friends. Between Katy, Kerry, Ingra and Dayna, there are very few teenager problems they haven’t come across.

Of course, one of my all-time favorite mother-daughter duos would have to be the incomparable Klimist women. I have known Laura and Kate since I was literally the same age as Karara. I have watched Kate grow up as I have grown up myself. These two women have been my family for more than 20 years and 100% set the bar for #motherdaughtergoals.

Not only are they just amazing humans in general, but they are both ridiculously talented, which is why I am super excited to see them perform in Theater Victoria’s “Mamma Mia” this weekend.

For real though, I can hardly get Karara to acknowledge me in public if any of her friends are within a five-block radius, and these two are going to be performing on stage together.

“Mamma Mia” runs Friday through August 4 and is a show 20 years in the making. These two have literally been preparing for this since Kate was a little girl. My musical influence on her at the time was Britney Spears, while Laura was teaching her Broadway musicals.

Anywho, it’s going to be a great show, and, with any luck, maybe some of their Klimist magic will rub off on us Lacey women.

Allison Lacey was born to shop. For more information on any of her fabulous finds, go to facebook.com/FGGPersonalShopping or email her at fashionablegirlsguide@yahoo.com.

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