Double Digits, girls and so many changes
It is true I am now a mom of a little girl who has entered the double digits. She is the big 1-0! Funny I wouldn’t even think of 10 as a big deal. I know when I was 10 I didn’t really care. I never thought hey I am double digits.
So how is life having a 10 year old? Well still pretty good from my point of view. She is a wonderful girl but that preteen attitude is appearing. She gets it honest though…yep she gets it from me. I never had much of an attitude growing up. I didn’t back talk or anything. I think really I had to grow up too fast…but let me tell you it has creeped into my adult life. I really don’t mean to have an attitude problem but I do. Then you see it mirrored right back at you when your mini me does the same thing. Yep my husband points this out to me all the time. Mainly her attitude just appears when she is around us and her brothers. I mean come on having three brothers will make you have a little bit of an attitude when they pester you 24/7.
She has also become more independent. She has been independent for a long time but now she makes her own food and loves to make dinner for us. She also asks to set with her friends at church instead of us. At first that stung a little bit. I felt hurt when she didn’t want to sit with us but I realized she is around us all week long because she is homeschooled. I don’t blame her really for wanting to hang around friends. She doesn’t get that all week like most kids do that attend public school. So that was more of a thing I had to over come because I want her to be happy when she is at church and not miserable. She has some pretty amazing teachers and friends at church. She does sit with us some Sundays but most of the time she is bouncing between her two friends. Gotta love the independence.
As for getting more mature…yeah that is happening as well. She shocked me when she told me she thought she needed to shave her legs. (Unfortunately she has some of her daddy’s genes and she has hairy little legs.) This thought happened before she turned 10 but she didn’t ask to shave until a few weeks after she turned 10. Now I have no clue when I first shaved my legs. I don’t think it was until middle school. Really I probably have blocked most of this stuff out because I hated shaving and I still do. I told her once she started it she will never be able stop.
She hasn’t grown up too much though. I am really lucky there. She still loves princesses and all the little girl stuff. You know what? That is what I am most thankful for. I am so thankful that she doesn’t feel that she needs to give up that stuff when she grows up. There are so many girls her age that don’t like that stuff any more. A lot of girls her age are focused on having crushes on this celebrity or that celebrity. Some are already into wanting to have a boyfriend at the age of 10! Come on now people that is a little young. The scary thing is that there are kids her age that already know about sex and some even do…you know have sex at that age! What are you kidding me!? No I am not and I hate even thinking about that. We have not had the official “sex” talk yet. We have talked about being a girl and how our bodies have periods and we have babies. She knows that is supposed to happen when two people love each other. I just wish other people would stop making their kids grow up so darn fast!
There are so many things that I could say about having your child grow up too fast…I could write a book on that. I just want to say to all the parents out there…Don’t let the world set examples for your child. Enjoy them and try to let them stay little for as long as they want to be.