No One Ever Told Me 11 Year Olds Are Complete Strangers

No One Ever Told Me 11 Year Olds Are Complete Strangers

I was almost in the home stretch where I could finally start breathing again and having some me time. For the past 10 years my daughter was the perfect child and never gave me any real trouble. Now, my daughter is eleven years old and I am finding that the older she is getting the more she is driving me crazy. Don’t get me wrong I love my child to death except sometimes if I didn’t remember birthing her I would question my maternity.

I remember back when she was my cute little sweetheart just starting kindergarten. Now it seems as if she has been attacked by some body snatchers and replaced with this sassy mouthed preteen who is almost as tall as I am and seems to be my spitting image with a stranger personality.  I used to be able to understand exactly what she was thinking and feeling; now I have no clue. She comes at me from left field. I know this is all a part of her growing up and everyone says it is a stage, but sometimes I feel as if I am way older than my years and obsolete. They say that children will keep you young and I am finding that for the most part that is true, but my preteen makes me feel as ancient as Stonehenge sometimes.

When we have our moments where it is not clear exactly just who is beauty and the beast I have to really keep my cool and believe me, I am not one to really blow my top unless you are dead wrong. She really can push my buttons. I love my daughter more than life itself and will always be there for her; it's just we are now embarking on a journey that most children take when they start the transition from tween to teenager and I feel as if we are having a time adjusting to this change. This is the time most people abandon their teens and avoid them as much as possible. During this transitional stage teens can become lost or rebellious. I will give her just enough space and I will also show her that I am still mommy; also known as mom and I will weather this storm.