It’s official folks. I now have a legit preteen in the house. She’s officially 11 years old. Double digits. It’s getting real around here and I’m nervous. Before, I was using pretween to describe her which apparently is a made up word because Microsoft and even my blog spellcheck red lined the word every time I used it. But preteen? It’s a real word.
As Facebook reminds us of our memories each day, one popped up that almost laid me out and do the ugly cry. Where has the time gone, folks? I can’t take it. I mean, with her turning 11 years old this month, it means that I have exactly 7.5 years to get her fully prepared to be a real adult or she’ll be in my house forever and that’s not an option.
You know how old ladies or moms with teens walk up to you as you’re stressing out with a crying two year old who just won’t cooperate and say, “Enjoy this time because it goes by fast.” Don’t look at her like you want to bop her on the head and tell her to mind her business anymore as your child embarrasses you in public. She’s right. It DOES go by fast.
She’s almost as tall as I am and wears a bigger size shoe than I do. I remember when she used to walk around in my high heels clunking across the floor. Now she can’t fit my shoes because they’re too small for her.
With 11 years of age comes soooo much attitude and I can’t stand it, but I have to remind myself that it’s her hormones. Her body is changing and she has no idea how to handle it or what’s about to hit her. No. I. Dea. I don’t even think I’m ready.
Just last year, she was challenging me with her belief in Santa Clause saying how she felt he was a fraud. Recently she just came home with a tooth saying she didn’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, but still wanted money. No dear, it doesn’t work that way. Either you believe or you don’t. You can’t have it both ways.
I’ve been trying to stay in tuned with her need for socializing with friends, but also realize that she has a bratty side that I think stems from a sense of entitlement. Our job now is to bring her back down to earth and I have a few ideas on how to handle that.
I recently stopped by the Christian Book Store in my neighborhood to purchase a few books for her that will help her understand the importance of morals and values. We teach her but a book will reinforce those values as well. I’m also soliciting like-minded friends to help me reinforce them as well.
Oh Lord, what have I gone and done by having a daughter who is now a preteen?
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