10 days until Teenagerhood

FINALLY… a napping maniac toddler. I can relax for a little while.

I’m sure I say this every month…

But seriously, How did it get to be February already?

Where, oh where has the time gone?

I have no clue.

In 10 days my Tween will officially be a Teen.

It feels like it was just yesterday that she was 4. (that’s how old she was when we came into each others lives.)

What a strange  concept.

I will be the parent of a Teenager.

<shudder>

 Teenagerhood is a terrifying prospect. She is insanely excited about it.. but it opens doors to some heavy and scary stuff (At least from our perspective.) That big stuff looms in the distance like that big black monolith thing from 2001: A Space Odessy.

Drugs. Alcohol. Boys. Sex.Teenage Pregnancy. STD’s. Gangs. Violence. Guns.

Sheesh. That’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.  Don’t get me wrong, I know there are lots of good things that teenagerhood brings… All I can do is hope we are teaching her to make good decisions, to be honest and to not get herself into any of the bad stuff.

I guess it’s just such a terror-inducing birthday(for me), since it is a completely different world than when I turned 13.  I wonder if my parents worried about all of those things 24 years ago?  I doubt they had to worry about kids bringing guns to school and shooting up the place.

What I remember about being 13/in 7th grade?

Getting a maybelline eyeshadow quad for my birthday. I remember having A LOT of fun: Having sleepovers with my BFF, making crank calls, eating pizza, going to the mall, liking boys, making a leaf collection for science class, and being picked on by my own personal “Mean Girls” (Okay, that was not so much fun. 7th grade was one of the worst years ever for me. But that’s probably a whole other post.)

And in today’s world, its hard to let her do any of that.

Her BFF has been to our house once. Yes,  once. (And that was after asking about 4 times. She finally convinced her mom it would be okay.) And a sleepover? I somehow doubt that would happen anytime soon.  She’s had sleepover sbefore… with my niece, and with a couple of friends we were close with when we lived in Las Vegas. But since we’ve been here, we don’t really know anyone well enough to even try to hold such an event.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope that her friends moms will let them come to her birthday festivities.  She is inviting up to 5 friends to come over and eat pizza, watch movies, play Wii, and hang out (and eat surprise Glee inspired cupcakes).

So, I get to spend the next 10 days cleaning the house, and getting ready for the arrival of teenagerhood, and the (family) party that will commemorate this momentous day.   

Well… I should probably go make some dinner.  Hubby is heading out again tomorrow.  (That is depending on the gigantic storm taking over half of the country. )  Home cooking is always appreciated before he goes. And I need to make some Superbowl cookies to take with him…. I’m torn between sending him Packer cookies.. or to mess with him and send Steeler ones. muah haha!

Happy February!

GO STEELERS!

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One response to “10 days until Teenagerhood

  1. just…keep talking to her. keep loving her…keep telling her she is beautiful and enough. keep giving her hugs, even when she seems like she doesn’t want them. pray. be a good example.
    then hug her again.
    🙂
    jane

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