Life with a tween is awesome/terrifying. Hold me.
1. Your baby won’t look like a baby anymore.
Still, they will continue to need and rely on you for so much.
2. Like their younger years, you constantly worry that you’ll ruin your kid. Unlike their younger years, they now agree.
Watch how quickly they learn to throw shade.
3. You will grapple with wanting to be their friend while being mindful of the fact that what they need most is a parent.
Meanwhile, they’re convinced what they really need is an iPhone.
4. You’ll second-guess your decisions time and time again.
Tweens are well versed in the art of manipulation. I know, I know, all their friends have Instagram. You’re the only parent who says no. You are sure it’s a no, right?
5. You’ll forgive each other over and over.
The learning curve of parenthood is never ending.
6. They will come home and share pieces of their day and you will be so glad you’re done with school.
Only you’re not. Here you are trying to help your kid navigate friendship woes and book reports — from your kitchen table.
Is it bedtime yet?
7. You know you have to let them fight their own battles even if you really, really want to do it for them.
Turns out sometimes they’ll still need you to. Other times all they need is to know you’re in their corner and always will be.
8. The complaints will reach a crescendo.
“That’s not fair.”
9. The internet will terrify you.
It’s not the grownups that are freaking you out. It’s their kids — bullying, sexting and omg the language. What were parents even afraid of before social media?
10. Like the baby stage, you’ll still have a love/hate relationship with time. Mostly hate.
You’ll juggle nostalgia and nervousness while watching as your baby careens towards adulthood.
11. But then there will be moments when your tween declares you the best mom ever and you’ll be like…
Yeah, I got this!
12. And just when you’re convinced that your kid is the most awesome kid on the planet…
They’ll remind you that the teen years are coming.
13. That’s when you’ll totally lose your cool.
Don’t worry, we’re all the “worst mom ever.”
14. Still, you’ll pretty much hate yourself for that.
You promised yourself you wouldn’t be that mom. And you’re totally that mom.
15. But, lucky for you, you already know what good parenting looks like.
All those hours of TGIF paid off — you can find a life lesson in anything.
16. And remember to hold on to the things that have always worked for you.
A good joke, a tickle fight, bribery or as I like to call it — negotiation.
17. In the end no matter how hard it gets, you’ll still treasure these moments.
Because the tween years will be over before you know it.
18. And one day you two will sit and laugh about this.
Or cry. Ideally together.