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16 Signs Your 'Baby' Is Now a Tween

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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16 Signs Your 'Baby' Is Now a Tween

by Jeanne Sager

teenager listening to headphonesI made a startling realization on a visit to my aunt's house recently. My cousin, the little girl who convinced my husband that he wanted to start a family, is no longer a baby. She's turning into a teenager!

Technically, at 11, K. is what they call a tween these days (what we called a pre-teen when I was, well, a tween). She won't officially be a teenager until she's 13.

But if there's one thing I learned last weekend, it's that kids don't wait until their 13th birthday to become teenagers. It just ... happens.

Worried your little kid is becoming a teenager? Behold the signs:

1. They're using deodorant (or needing to at least).

2. The bathroom shelf looks a lot like the acne aisle in the drugstore.

3. The jokes that used to make them laugh now elicit an embarrassed shrug and a, "You're so weird!"

4. They've perfected the eye roll.

5. Their doctor has started talking about the HPV vaccine and STDs.

6. They freak out when ANYONE enters their bedroom, not just their little brother.

7. They REALLY can't hear anything you say to them, because there's always a set of earbuds in their ears.

8. No more 5 a.m. wake-up calls.

9. They refuse to let you pick out their clothes.

10. They are pushing you to let them get a job so they can have their own money.

Signs your little kid is now a tween

11. They want to stay home alone (and you're seriously considering it).

12. Their reasons to buy them a cellphone actually sound reasonable.

13. You've found yourself wearing an item from their closet all day before you realized it wasn't yours.

14. Your Victoria's Secret catalog has gone missing, only to be discovered on their bedroom floor.

15. The number of texts showing up on your phone bill has skyrocketed.

16. "I can do it myself" has morphed into "I'll get around to it sometime."

If you nodded your head along, I'm sorry to tell you, but you have a tween who is quickly becoming a teen. But don't worry, the teen years will be over before you know it. Wait ... I just made it worse, didn't it?

Is your kid already trying to morph into a teenager? What are the telltale signs?

by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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wakymom
by Silver Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

 The eyes get all teary a lot more easily- and this is my 9 1/2 y/o boy!

 

 

 

 

abuckalew
by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM
Thank God I havent heard anything about STDs from the Dr yet...that's the only one I didn't nod too
steelcrazy
by Silver Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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 LMAO, I live in this world. Who ever said that boys were easier during puberty is an absolute moron IMO!  I'm currently living in tween and teen he!! and the mood swings on my boys is unreal.  They go from laughing to crying at the drop of a hat.

wakymom
by Silver Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 6:49 PM

 Try having a teen, a tween, and a melodramatic 7 y/o girl : )

Quoting steelcrazy:

 LMAO, I live in this world. Who ever said that boys were easier during puberty is an absolute moron IMO!  I'm currently living in tween and teen he!! and the mood swings on my boys is unreal.  They go from laughing to crying at the drop of a hat.

 

 

 

 

 

sonshining
by Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Yep, he'll be 11 in Nov. Got his first deodorant this summer. Knows more than me on many subjects, (really? I just ask) but gives me my goodnight hug and kiss when I say prayers with him at night. Love that part and hope that stays!

Khanfan
by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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So many of these make me laugh.  My tween 12.5 yr old sits in the family room with me and daddy, we both say her name 6 times and she removes one earbud like she thinks maybe she heard something. LOL x 3

Thanks Michelle!

Mommy2Boys0900
by on Aug. 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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I am an absolute moron :-) I always thought boys were easier than girls....until my son entered the tween years. The mood swings are the worst!


Quoting steelcrazy:

 LMAO, I live in this world. Who ever said that boys were easier during puberty is an absolute moron IMO!  I'm currently living in tween and teen he!! and the mood swings on my boys is unreal.  They go from laughing to crying at the drop of a hat.


somuchlove4U
by Member on Aug. 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM
My daughter will be 12 in a few days and only 2 or 3 of these apply to her.
bluegrassmom13
by on Aug. 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM
A couple of these do apply to my 12 year old now. Im not looking forward to some of the other things on this list lol.
diaperstodating
by Angel on Aug. 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I was to. That's one of the reasons I never wanted girls.  


Quoting Mommy2Boys0900:

I am an absolute moron :-) I always thought boys were easier than girls....until my son entered the tween years. The mood swings are the worst!


Quoting steelcrazy:

 LMAO, I live in this world. Who ever said that boys were easier during puberty is an absolute moron IMO!  I'm currently living in tween and teen he!! and the mood swings on my boys is unreal.  They go from laughing to crying at the drop of a hat.



 

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