Take heed to all Moms out there in there in Bloggy World of those beautiful babies and toddlers that I see pictures of every day. One day, in the not so very distant future your precious baby will go grow into a very complex creature into called a Tween.
Wikipedia defines tweens as:
A tween is a person who is between the ages of 10 to 12 years old. The term is often described in popular media as referring to a preadolescent (usually female) who is at the “in-between” stage in their development when they are considered “too old for toys, too young for boys”.
Urban Dictionary, however, sums it all up neatly three paragraphs:
A girl ages about 9-14…too old for toys, but too young for boys.
Just like being a “new Mom”, there is no amount of preparation to being a Mom of a Tween. Suddenly, at the blink of an eye … gone are the days where “your little girl” comes running out of elementary school, with the latest craft she’s made in class as she collapses into your arms. A car ride home in the life of a Tween is now about the trials and tribulations about middle school, the politics of lunch rooms, the latest Shane Dawson youtube video, Death by Cinnamon challenge (WTH?) and OMG!! I cAn toTotAllY NOT beLiEvE hoW sHe WaS tRasH tAlkInG … (all the whole while she is texting, updating her facebook status and tweeting btw)
Back the truck up… can I have this kid back instead??
*sigh* Just another day in the life of a Tweenager.
But then just as I was about to give up all hope on ever understanding her… or at least relate to her life through the Middle School years, I woke up to a text.
It had only one line: http://louloubell.simplesite.com
LouLouBell was my daughter’s nickname so I knew instantly that my daughter had bravely stepped into the land of blogging for the first time. Quite an accomplishment for a girl, who for the most part, is an introvert. What I was NOT prepared for was I about to find.
A blog all about her, her life plan (as much as it can at 12 lol). Her hopes and dreams to be a gluten free pastry chef, her inspiration (me!), how she was going to accomplish these dream, a cookbook review, a restaurant review and even the beginning of an online campaign to stop cyber bullying. As I continued to read on, I saw my very own words of encouragement to her about pursuing her dreams and overcoming her fear (which at the time was returned with the typical eye roll). I was … and still am astounded.
As it turns out, the tween years really are not that much different than the sweet earlier years of childhood in many ways. Their development and maturity continues to grow with leaps and bounds… and when we think we have them all figured out, they constantly change 🙂 but in a good and different way. I have never been prouder.