TweensLime -- Monday, July 14, 2003 -- 09:16:53 PM
The joys and tribulations of tweens in the house.This thread is tagged: family, kids
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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.
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.
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."
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!
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.