Well, she is supposed to be my baby… but at 10 years old she doesn’t like to be called that any longer. Â I accept that I have to come to terms with that. Â But worse than that (for me), she acts and speaks a whole lot more mature than even her 10 years! Â What do you think? Â Let me give you some examples:
Exhibit 1 – After taking her to a Newark Bears Game (her 1st baseball game), that the Bears lost (by a lot).
Me: Â I hope you still had fun even though the Bears lost.
Her: Â I had a GREAT time. Â I got to spend time with family and friends, and that is always fun. Â The final score doesn’t matter.
Exhibit 2 – After I try and select a movie to watch for Daddy-Daughter Night
Me: Â What do you think of this one?
Her: Â This is PG-13… are you sure it is age appropriate for me?
Exhibit 3 – After her aunt asked her if she still was watched Hannah Montana
Her: Â The show isn’t entertaining any more, and her music isn’t as good as it used to be, so I’ve moved on to other things.
Aunt: Â So what do you like now?
Her: Â Bad Romance Â by Lady Gaga (this one just about killed me on multiple levels)
Exhibit 4 – After seeing a commercial for Zhu-Zhu Pets
Me: Â Have you ever seen them before?
Her: (Unenthusiastically) Yeah, I’ve seen ’em
Me: Â Not interested, huh?
Her: Â Nah, maybe when I was younger, but now I don’t think I would play with them enough to justify the expense.
So, like it or not she is growing up… far faster than I would like… but fortunately not as quickly as her maturity level would suggest. Â Is it just her? Â Is it just me being in denial? Â Do your kids act far more mature than you would expect for their age?