Teen and Tween Round-up: Turning 12 and talking nonsense

teensWell the school year is nearly over! Our tweens have finished their SATs and our teenagers have finished their GCSEs and A Levels. Now they’re lazing round the house doing nothing  out looking for a part-time job or maybe doing a bit of voluntary work. How are your teens and tweens doing? And, more importantly, how are you doing? The school year is a long haul and it takes its toll on us all. The kids almost as much as the parents.

So, as thoughts turn to a nice long break over the summer, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of warm weather, we can all reflect on another year of being fantastic parents to our kids. And surviving what can be a pretty stressful journey at times.

And what is more stressful than The Talk? You know the one… The (whispers) birds and the bees. Suzanne at 3 Children and It thought she’d been pretty open with her daughters, until The Tween had her year 6 lesson. Read it and cringe…

It seems like a lot of our parents our experiencing the end of Year 7 with their children. Me included! It feels like a big milestone, we’ve survived a whole year! The Go To Mum has helpfully compiled a post on the things she has learned about Year 7 It should be helpful for any nervous Year 6 parents. And aren’t all Year 6 parents nervous?!

I love Tara’s post over at Sticky Fingers as she realises her little boy is growing up. Suddenly his clothes aren’t much smaller than hers but at times he’s still her baby too. I can so relate to this and found it very moving. I’m sure you will too!

Touchline Dad has a guest post from his wife this month about their eldest son turning 12. It is beautiful and touching. And could have been written about my son. Are all 12 year olds EXACTLY the same?!

My son turned 12 this month too and it wasn’t until I looked at his presents, that I realised there was something unusual about them. I appear to be raising some sort of 12 year old from the 1950s and for that I’m rather proud!

With five kids, none of them babies, Cherished by Me is wondering where she went wrong. Why can’t kids do basic tidying jobs for themselves? I totally feel her pain, I ask myself the same question all the time.

Sonia Hurren is a ‘parent and teenager coaching specialist’. She has some wise words for helping you to communicate effectively with your teenager.

In a similar vein, Psychology Mum has posted on teaching mindfulness to teenagers. This can help with things like focus and revision for exams, as well as with improving self-esteem and reducing stress and depression. Which all sounds like a really good idea!

Chelsea Mamma has lots of experience of teens and tweens, so she’s given us a little whistle-stop tour of the kind of language they speak (or text, or write) these days. YOLO, anyone?

I laughed, but also felt a little sad, about this post by the 40 Year Old Domestic Goddess, as she comes to terms with her little boy becoming a teenager and all that goes with it. Yes, we’re talking smells. And hairstyle issues.

With the exams over, some teens are going to pack up for a summer break. Best Dad I Can Be‘s daughter announced her intention to go away nearly a year ago and he’s been worrying ever since. And she was convinced she met the mafia on holiday too.

So that’s about it for now. Enjoy the summer holidays. Or if you can’t enjoy them, at least survive them! If you’ve blogged about teens or tweens over the past month, feel free to add your link below and pick up a few more readers. Or why not join in next month? Same time, same place for more from the baffling world of teens and tweens…

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About Sarah Wood

Sarah is mum to a teenage boy and a tween boy and girl. When it comes to primary school stuff, she's got it sussed. But she's realising that as secondary school and puberty hit, she's still got a lot to learn! Between tweeting, blogging and parenting, Sarah is a freelance PR and copywriter, who still finds time to run long distances and eat a lot of chocolate. It doesn't leave much time for housework.

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3 Responses to Teen and Tween Round-up: Turning 12 and talking nonsense

  1. Karen Doherty 09 July 2013 at 10:00 #

    This is a great round up. As a Mother to 4 teenagers, I know all too well about the challenges and rewards of parenting tweens and teens, it can be a bit like living in a zoo at times and a constant journey into the unknown. As a Parenting Author, I share many top tips and articles for parents on my website.

    Here’s hoping all those parents to teens and tweens have a great summer with their children. Thanks for this article, an enjoyable read!


  2. Cherished By Me 09 July 2013 at 11:37 #

    Thank you for including my post. x

  3. Sarah MumofThree World 11 July 2013 at 11:32 #

    It’s a pleasure! Thanks for sharing your post with us. I hope you enjoyed the other posts in this month’s round-up.