I hear it all the time, “One minute your child is a toddler in diapers and then, suddenly, you blink, and she’s headed off to college.” Every day, recently, I am being reminded of this damned truth and realizing that I don’t have toddlers anymore.
They’re not quite tweens yet, so I’m not sure what to call them (Tweedlers? Tweenlers?), but in one more blink they will be full-fledged tweens, and this is how I know:
1. She’d rather sit next to her “bestie” during the scary part of a movie rather than coming to sit on my lap.
2. Eye. Rolls.
3. She suggests that maybe I shouldn’t wear that 2-piece to the beach.
4. Disney Junior is dead to her. It’s “people shows” or bust.
5. When offered a chance to sleep in my bed when dad is out of town, she politely declines.
6. Olives on her pizza rather than just cheese.
7. Smile for a photo? Not a chance.
8. She’d rather a One Direction themed party with karaoke more than a Frozen themed party with a bounce house.
9. The term “selfie alert” gets thrown around, even though she doesn’t have her own phone.
10. Showering together risks far too many questions and much too much staring.
11. She’s constantly asking when her friend’s older brother is going to be home.
Have you experienced this transition yet? Got any tips?