Time Flies When You Have Tweens Too

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Here we go again… yet another reminder that time flies and your kids grow up so fast. I didn’t realize it until after the fact.

My oldest turned 11 a few months ago and asked if I would have lunch with her at school. I told her I didn’t know because of my work schedule, but I would try to make it. It wasn’t until we finally had our lunch that I realized it may be one of our last. After all, she’ll be in middle school next year, and she may not want to have lunch with her mom then.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of “oofs” and “OMG mom” when I have conversations with my pre-teens because I’m not in the loop about a lot of things or I embarrass them.

When did this happen?

I feel like I’m pretty social media savvy and stay up to date with current trends. Like, I knew that TikToc used to be Musically. I’m a Swifie and have been since Taylor Swift was up and coming. I saw Taylor when no one knew who she was! But then, all of a sudden, I get a curve ball thrown at me that I wasn’t expecting (hello VSCO girls?!?!?!).

Too cool for school at the Jonas Brothers concert. Notice the Scrunchie.

Where did the little kids go?

My youngest is four so I’m reminded of that phase where they think moms are the greatest and want you and your attention all the time. But my nine and 11 year old prefer going to their friend’s house on the weekends and hanging out or playing on the computer after school. Lately, I’ve been feeling more like their personal Uber driver taking them places. Don’t get me wrong. I love that they are independent, have activities that they love and friends that they want to hang out with.

Luckily, they still want to do fun stuff with me like festivals and other things around the city, but it does sting to know that they are growing up so fast and don’t need me as much anymore.

So as more a reminder to myself that I’m sharing with you, enjoy this season with your kids because the years go by so fast no matter what phase of childhood they are in. Each and every year is different and special in its own way.

Are you feeling the quickness of childhood passing you by? What has your experience been like?

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Mee Jean Sasine
Mee Jean is a divorced mom of three amazing kids: Alyssa, (11), Jacob (10) and Isaac (4). She moved to Columbia in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Northeast Columbia. She is a Marketing Proposal Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current board member on the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and a graduate of Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events and supporting businesses around the city. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 

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