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Am I the Only one who Cares About my Popularity?

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.

How Do You Teach A Tween To Value Herself?

It was 6:30 a.m. and we were in the dog park with Sadie and Joey, our neighbor’s adorable mutts, when my 11-year-old announced she felt “guilty” for charging the dogs’ owners for her services. All I could think is the neighbors are snug in their bed and we’re scooping up poop, praying Joey, the older dog who clearly has one paw in the dog cemetery, doesn’t die on our shift and you feel guilty?

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