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Are Your Kids Growing Up Too Fast?

Are Your Kids Growing Up Too Fast?

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Every parent will eventually ask themselves, “Are my kids growing up too fast?”  Over the course of an hour, your child has snuggled in your arms, walked around the room, sighed at the remarks you’ve given, imagined they were someone else, and then they ask you for a cell phone. Your child is young, and as time seems to flash before your eyes, children have to yet grasp the sense of time. It may seem like it was just yesterday when you gave birth, saw your child walk, lost their first tooth, and rode their bike for the first time, but now with all the time that has passed, your child is almost a tween.

What is this new lingo children are using when they refer to kids as tweens? The term means that kids who are just shy of their teenage years, that is between the ages of 10 and 12 year olds, are considered to be “tweens,” In this crazy world, more and more children are turning over the rules and getting that mindset of being older, thus ends up with kids growing up too fast. In their mind, they love their barbies, American Girl dolls, but sadly the world around them is shifting their mindset to become older. Now more than ever, children around the age of 8, are being asked to explore things that their mind isn’t equipped to think of quite yet. Young children are into cell phones, makeup, getting their nails done and PG-13 movies when they should be acting and thinking like an 8-year old.

Today’s grade-school children are stuck troubled with having an identity crisis and being somewhere between the childhood and adolescence stage. Our society is putting an immense amount of pressure on these younger-aged children, resulting in kids growing up too fast and acting like teenagers. While the idea of being grown up appeals to any child who is 7 or 8 years of age, that doesn’t mean they want the responsibility of being older. In reality, younger children want to play at the playground with their friends, not worry about how much makeup they need to wear, or if their nail is chipped, and their due for a manicure. Even though parents aren’t able to completely come in the way of what their children want, they certainly have the power to prevent it from happening until later in life.

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