The tween years are the ages between 8 and 12, and in these “in-between” times, there’s a lot that goes on.
It’s necessary. It’s jarring. And while, mostly, it’s an amazing time of growth, reflection, and self-discovery, it can be tumultuous.
Girls can be incredibly reflective, sensitive, bold, and complicated individuals. This means tween girls are maybe the most intense brand of people out there. They can be downright finicky, fashionable, and completely fierce. One second they’re full of energy and making 10,001 plans (that you’ll have to drive them to), and the next they’re acting borderline zombie-like.
They’re happy, then irritable, then angry, and they have somehow completely forgotten how to pour a bowl of cereal or find a pair of socks. (OMG. They’re in your SOCK DRAWER.)
Either way, parenting a tween girl can be tough on moms especially. They love us, but they also like to take out all of those tween emotions on us, too. We get it, because we’ve been there. But it doesn’t exactly make for an easy few years.
Still, we know that all their intensity makes them extra special, and we wouldn’t have them any other way. While we (sometimes) wish they could tamp it down a little while they’re living in our houses, we also know they’ll need their boldness. It’s important, and so we do our best not to diminish it and let our tweens rock out with their fierceness. There’d be no stopping them anyway.
Here are 10 ways to know you’re raising a fierce tween girl.