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Friday, September 21, 2012

Saga of a hormonal 10 year old....

And we're off...

One of the moments that daddy has been dreading since he learned he would be the father of a little girl.  The day when his "baby girl" officially turned on him in a hormonal outburst.  The day when his normal correction of her homework turned into a 25 minute crying event because he "hurt her feelings."

I have to be honest.  I'm giggling a bit as I type this.  I knew this day was coming.  I deal with it on a regular basis.  Yesterday the inability to get a snack from the vending machine drove her to tears.   Of course, I'm also female - so I get the whole hormonal explosion bit.  Daddy, yeah - not so much.

Now Momma's the hero.
Headed to "baby girl's" room, I'm met by her flood of tears.  Armed only with a box of tissues and many years of experience, I calmly try to explain what's (really) going on...

"Honey, do you know how sometimes mommy gets REALLY angry over something really little and you wonder why I got so mad over something so dumb?  Well that's kind of what's going on with your little body right now.  Is having an incorrect answer on homework really a crying event?"

More tears, full on sobbing - snotty nose, red face - the works.  Now she's gasping for air.

Oh for the love of monkeys, I've really done it now.  So I break the ice in a silly way (that would actually work for mom).

"Can I get you a glass of wine & box of chocolates?"

OK - break through.  She's giggling.  No, of course I didn't give her wine OR my chocolates.  Sheesh, that's MY emergency chocolate.  She's 10 - she'll have to figure that stuff out on her own!

Finally she becomes calm.
I explain to her that her little body (and mind) are going to react in ridiculous ways to the stupidest stuff.  She'll be laughing one minute & then crying like the dog died the next.  No, we don't have a dog, but she got the point.

She seems fine now.  She cried it out for a while, but she finally emerged from the bedroom, still pissed off at dad.  Poor Daddy, he's just not one of us.

Maybe he should start drinking now.

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  1. OMG I hear that!! My MissNearly13 has been an explosion of hormone fuelled outbursts for near on 4 years!! I figure I have at least another 4 to go.... Thank god for wine!!

  2. Ha ha! You're great Jenn! It was wonderful for you to go in and talk to her. Me? I roll my eyes at Amelia and tell her to cut it out with the attitude. Then again, she's 14 and I've been at this for a while now.

  3. I can remember going through this with my daughter all those years ago. It's a confusing time for a little girl, but with a mom like you, your baby is going to be fine.
    Have a wonderful weekend Jenn..

    1. Thank you, Roe :) That was very sweet of you to say :)

  4. This post is great! My 9 1/2 year old is off her rocker already, and I am just so glad to hear that someone else is going through the same thing.

    1. I do have to say, it's been easier for me with the girl than the boy was. At least I know what to expect :)

  5. Awww. Your a great mom. I have an 8 1/2 year old, I'm not looking forward to this but it nice to see that it's normal even for a pre-teen. Have a great weekend Jenn!

    1. xoxo Kristen... Have plenty of wine on hand :) Thanks for commenting :)

  6. This is perfect. My 10 year old is on this same roller coaster ride and it is very traumatizing. Not only for her, but for her dad as well :)

  7. I love how you relate to her and deal with this insanity without condescending to her or egging on the emotional roller coaster. You are a great mom :)

    Found you on the hop!

    1. Thank you :) Can't wait to read your blog!!


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