I was reminded of the challenges of raising a tween while shopping yesterday for back-to-school clothes with my 11-year-old. Sounding more like a politician than a 6th grader, her response to an outfit I declared inappropriate was “Am I the only one who cares about my popularity?!”
Later, when I questioned what took her so long in the dressing room, she said she was “dancing in front of the mirrors.” She said this in a tone that implied this was perfectly normal.
Then there were the cartwheels in the Skechers store. Of course.