By Jeanne Sager
If you have a tween living in your home, you know the double-digit ages before kids turn 13 are a world unto their own. Puberty is on the horizon, friendships are changing, and you’ve just become the dumbest person on planet Earth … or so they tell you. Which of these did you notice first with your tween?
You’ve Become an Expert at Decoding Eye-Rolling
Like babies who have their hungry cry and their “I’m tired” cry, tweens have their “my mother is so dumb” eye roll and their “just kidding” eye roll. You have to learn the difference if you want to survive.
You Receive Texts From Inside Your Own Home
They largely consist of poop and unicorn emojis, but you’re grateful they’re communicating.
You’ve Found Yourself Putting Notes on Deodorant
In your thickest marker, you’ve written “USE EVERY DAY. NOT OPTIONAL” on a piece of paper and taped it to a stick of Old Spice.
You Haven’t Taken a Hot Shower in Weeks
You’re actually having fond memories of those days when you had to carry them down the hall to take a bath while they screamed their heads off, or the more recent years when a “shower” took 60 seconds and maybe involved washing hair as well as getting it wet. Now they take forever.
There’s a Sign on Their Bedroom Door Warning You to Go Away
Unless you come bearing snacks, don’t bother knocking.
You Don’t Remember Their Original Hair Color
You do, however, have permanent evidence of the five different colors they’ve tried in the last year, thanks to your now polka-dotted bathroom floor.
There Always Seem to Be Extra People Sleeping in Your House
Family movie night has turned into you on the couch alone binge-watching everything you couldn’t watch for the last 12 years.
Someone Is Always Bored
And he absolutely does not want to hear about the dishwasher that needs to be emptied and filled.
Your Stuff Starts to Go Missing
You found your favorite sneakers with a set of dirty socks in them on the porch, and your brand new razor is mysteriously dull.
Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her