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Tweens

Lime -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 09:16:53 PM

The joys and tribulations of tweens in the house.

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lime -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 09:31:37 PM -- 1 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Mine are 8 and 10, and will be in 4th and 5th grade in the fall. The 10-year-old came home from a week at grandma & grandpa's a little mouthier than usual, and I'm not sure if she's just lacking the discipline that she usually gets at home, if she was just overexcited, or if we're entering a new phase.

Queen of Drama -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 10:11:16 PM -- 2 of 4321

8 yo - check. Mouthy - check.

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Pegasus -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 10:17:13 PM -- 3 of 4321
learn to live with what you can't rise above

Well, I'll see what they're like when they come back from the summer with their dad. Younger (A.) will be 7 (gasp!!!)in Oct. and older (D.) is 8.5.

I still think of them as my little boys and they're not so little anymore. Attitude adjustment on my part and I think an upgrade in my parental expectations.

Minderella -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 10:29:44 PM -- 4 of 4321
Ad Augusta per Angusta

Almost 10.

Also Mouthy.

lime -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 10:31:48 PM -- 5 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Abby is not usually mouthy, so I was somewhat surprised. My mom blamed their lax rules.

Harri P. -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 12:15:41 AM -- 6 of 4321
such a fucking bitch about taupe and borders and fireplace mantles that aren't just so

9. Comes up to me and says "Time for EXTREME POKING" and pokes me.

lime -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 12:18:21 AM -- 7 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Mine sing to me at bedtime. K. rushes out and stands in front of me and sings "Ready for bed."

Then A. rushes out and sings, in barbershop quartet style, a little bit higher, "Ready for bed."

Then they cap it off with their duet, as they both sing "Ready for bed."

momma_tiger -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 01:00:56 AM -- 8 of 4321

9 & 11. And, uh, probably in between mouthy stages.

Arlene Green -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 04:16:10 AM -- 9 of 4321
Moulton inspires metanoia.

That age, 9 to 11, is why I didn't become a teacher. They are overwhelmingly mouthy little shits at that age.

Bingo -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:09:06 AM -- 10 of 4321

Amen! Why do people fill you with dread about the teenage years? It's the tweens that are the least enjoyable years to me. My age 10 girl is SASSY. I'd be horrified if I hadn't been through it with her two elder siblings, an age 20 girl and a boy, 17. The boy was easier, I have to say. I hope the youngest, a five-year-old boy,is also less mouthy than his sisters at that age!

lime -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:11:20 AM -- 11 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Really, Bingo? I have been loving the age the girls are at right now, at almost 9 and 10. Abby is the older, and I noticed a bit of sass from her when she was here Saturday, but there were extenuating circumstances, and it sure isn't the norm. She did, however, ask me if she could wear eyeliner!

Bingo -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:32:24 AM -- 12 of 4321

Yes, my kids, at least, were more difficult at that age than before or after. Anna seems moodier and meaner to her siblings than Ellen was, but the passage of time has probably made Ellen seem sweeter in retrospect. Actually, I've discovered that the older my children get, the more I enjoy them (not that I dislike them as babies and toddlers)!

Bingo -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:33:55 AM -- 13 of 4321

Oh, and EYELINER? Ha!

lime -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:41:57 AM -- 14 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Yep. After I said no, she was trying to extract promises from me for when she would be allowed to wear makeup. I think I'll let her get her ears pierced when she gets back from camp. Makeup will wait until at least 6th grade, I believe.

Bingo -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 05:50:37 AM -- 15 of 4321

Anna does wear lip gloss stuff, but it's clear. She hasn't asked for anything else, or for her ears to be pierced. None of her friends wears real makeup, either, although I know many of them have pierced ears. Neither Ellen or I wear earrings anymore, so maybe it's not on her radar.

lime -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 06:28:48 AM -- 16 of 4321
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Some of Abby's friends have pierced ears. She's very into fashion and appearance, and has some lipsticks, but isn't allowed to wear them unless it's a special occasion.

momma_tiger -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 11:41:04 AM -- 17 of 4321

Cat has pierced ears. No makeup except for when her girlfriends sleep over and they all do each other up. Occasional nail painting. But she doesn't have the patience for any of it.

I also like this age - with both of them.

Susanne -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 01:52:16 PM -- 18 of 4321
Susanne

My mom blamed their lax rules.

Was that a shot at you, or someone else?

Claudia's been talking back quite a bit lately. Several times this weekend I told her to not "sass me". I sounded just like my mother when I said it, too.

momma_tiger -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 02:07:31 PM -- 19 of 4321

Funnily enough, I had a lot more attitude earlier on with both of them - like 7 & 9-ish? And I made it plain from there that they could lose the attitude if they wanted something from me, 'cause that is so not on my radar screen. So far, so good.

Harri P. -- Tuesday, July 15, 2003 -- 02:08:06 PM -- 20 of 4321
such a fucking bitch about taupe and borders and fireplace mantles that aren't just so

Julian's talking back less lately. Both of mine go in stages, but they've pretty much always talked back as soon as they could talk.

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