I've been right where you are. Seems they're growing up too fast! I've worked with elementary school children and one of the first, obvious signs is body ordor. Some parents won't want to admit that there child is old enough to need it -- many do! Plus, adolescence is different for each child. Mine started at about 9. Finally convinced her to wear the deo but it took a long time before she started her period. She was very touchy and moody for almost 3 years (sorry) and we fought like cats and dogs. Tears and raised voices, and trying to slam the door (we ended that straight away). I think it's so hard on moms because our girls used to come to us for everything. Now they think we're dumber than a bucket of hair. We grow apart, usually because I'm pushing for time with her...the letting go process has proven very difficult for me. I've finally made her explain my side of the situation. I asked her if she had lived to be a mom and it was over so fast, and I mourn that time. I'm not ready to let her go...I'm not finished with her yet! I think things have been better since she knows why I do what I do. She's very patient, but we both know these next 2 years will be the "goodbye" transition years. I don't even like the thought of it. So keep all this in mind M.. Embrace puberty, adolescence, young adult. Treasure those memories and know that this will all pass SO quickly!
Best of luck to you Michelle. I am so sorry I dumped all my stuff on you! I haven't had anybody to talk to about this that understands. My husband sure doesn't (he returned to work about 3 days after she was born). His routine will not change at all. My whole life will change and I'm a little scared and I guess a tiny bit curious.
Thanks for ,listening and good look with your little darlin'.