Preteen Hell ALREADY !?!?!?!?!?

lovely oLovely O just finished third grade and I feel we've hit a preteen bump?

Isn't it too early for that since she is only NINE years old?!?!?!?  THUD!!!!  Really, throw it all at me God!  I can take it!  My baby graduates kindergarten and now I'm going through some hormonal hell.

{I'm envisioning dancing make-up and mini skirts!!!!}

I don't know what's going on and I'm only grasping at straws.

All I know is that she isn't playing with My Little Pony anymore but would rather watch Sam & Kat or that awful Adventure Time and Uncle Grandpa.

What happened to Charlie and Lola or some freaky Barbie Princess DVD?

It's about clothes, and hair, and accessories and now HORMONES!

I feel as if someone snatched my shy quiet Lovely O and now I'm going through some sort of preteen hell.

Anyone else?  I feel like I want to curl up into the fetal position and stay there the next fifteen years!


Oh, I hear you. I'm starting to see signs with our son as well. As a matter of fact, I just made a comment to him a couple of minutes ago that he's not old enough to have that preteen behavior. The truth is, as a former educator, I don't think it's ever too early to equip ourselves for the challenges of middle school/preteen years. I've been reading a great new book that we are really excited about, so I just have to share. It's called "MiddleSchool: The Inside Story- What Kids Tell Us, But Don't Tell You," by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna. It has interviews and feedback from middle schoolers, parents and teachers (and a little humor)- everything from puberty to technology and deepening and strengthening positive, loving relationship. I highly recommend it!