You Might be the Parent of a Tween if…

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Raising a tween is hard work. I never would have imagined longing for the day when my biggest worry was whether my kid might choke on a grape or get hurt on the playground, but I do. Today I worry that my budding teen might fall in with the wrong crowd, say yes to drugs, or worse.

Parents of kids ages 9 to 12 understand that their tweens are belonging less to them and more to the world every single day by virtue of their behavior.

 

  • The tween gene 1 of 22
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    Take a look at the following behaviors that confirm you're the parent of a tween!

  • Your kid hates their name 2 of 22
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    Your kid hates their name for no other reason than the fact that you gave it to them.

     

     

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  • You can’t impress your kid 3 of 22
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    It used to take so little to impress your kid, now it takes owning a private jet and a small island .

     

     

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  • Your kid understands sexual innuendo… 4 of 22
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    ...enough to make you both uncomfortable.

     

     

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  • You’ve been schooled on the art of proper selfies 5 of 22
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    "No Mom, not like that!" she says as she proceeds to point the camera at a downward angle, arch her back, and make the fiercest duck lips you've ever seen.

     

     

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  • Your kid knows a better way 6 of 22
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    Anything you can do your tween can do better. Your tween can do anything better than you.

     

     

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  • You’re lame/wrong/too old 7 of 22
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    Let's just decide that you won't be right in your kid's eyes until sometime in their mid-twenties.

     

     

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  • Your kid communicates without speaking 8 of 22
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    Eye rolls, shoulder shrugs, and heavy sighs can only mean one thing: your tween thinks you're an idiot. Only, you know, we can't all be idiots.

     

     

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  • You know less than your kid’s BFF 9 of 22
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    You'll never be smarter than your kid's BFF, because obviously.

     

     

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  • Your kid starts a diary 10 of 22
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    Dun dun dunnnnnn! It's like the kid version of starting a blog. ::shudder::

     

     

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  • Your kid texts faster than you do 11 of 22
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     Your tween tickles the keypad with more agility and speed than you've ever seen - and they don't even have a phone!

     

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  • Your kid smells 12 of 22
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    Puberty is smelly and so is your kid.

     

     

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  • There’s no food in your house 13 of 22
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    Growing tweens eat a lot. And so do their friends.

     

     

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  • You know way too much about braces 14 of 22
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    Expanders, head gears, and rubber bands - oh my! From what not to eat to how to properly care for mouth metal, you know everything your teenage self hoped you'd forget.

     

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  • You speak and your mother comes out 15 of 22
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    You find yourself repeating phrases your mother used quite on accident. Leave it to your tween to bring out your mother in you.

     

     

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  • Your kid speaks less than 20 words a day (to you) 16 of 22
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    If you're the parent of a tween, you hear the following words (but not more than a combined total of 4 times each) daily:

    • Yes
    • No
    • Whatever
    • "K"
    • Fine

     

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  • You just don’t understand 17 of 22
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    The world is ending at least three times a day and you just don't get it. Hugs, kisses, and sage advice might not save your tween from the end of the world, but keep giving them anyway.

     

     

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  • Your kid is tired 18 of 22
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    Apparently it takes loads of energy to attend school, play video games, watch TV, and gossip with friends because your tween is always tired.

     

     

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  • Your kid feels all alone 19 of 22
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    Even with the whole family within arm's reach, your tween feels like it's he against the world. Remember: it's your tween's world, you're just living in it.

     

     

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  • You’re broke 20 of 22
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    From brand name shoes and must-have electronics, your tween always has his hand out! And here you thought diapers were expensive...

     

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  • Your kid speaks a different language 21 of 22
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    From text acronyms to crazy tween slang, you probably find yourself SYH more often than not. 

     

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  • Your kid wants to be left alone 22 of 22
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    "Just leave me alone!" says your tween seconds before a door slam. Have it your way, but when you get bored with all that, we're here for you.

     

     

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