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An Open Letter to Teenage Daughters

Author and master knitter Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, also known as the Yarn Harlot, has a very popular knitting blog. She recently used it to leave an open letter to her teenage daughters while her husband was out of town. If you are the parent of a teenager, or have ever been a teenager yourself, you no doubt will appreciate the wisdom of what she says. Here’s a sample:

4. Do. Not. Talk to your mother until she has had at least one cup of coffee in the morning. Feel free to check my cup and divine my progress, or note that if I am ready for communication, I will speak to you.

5. Further to item 4, please note that any attempt to get money/notes for school/ clean laundry/ the cute hairband you have misplaced since last night BEFORE your mother has had that single glorious brown elixir of life will likely be met with a negative response. If you really want money/notes/laundry/hairbands, you may increase your odds by bringing me coffee or wiping something….hell. Anything, with a damp washrag.

It’s funny because it’s true. Read the whole thing here.


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