Most moms will tell you that they want their kids to stay little forever. While I do miss the days that you were small, I absolutely love watching you live your life today as a 12 year old. You’ve pushed through a lot of changes this year at school, with friends, with family and at dance. I know change is hard for you, just like it is for me, but I am proud that you’ve remained you through it all. You continue to be the hardest working student I know, who doesn’t settle for anything less than what you know you’re capable of doing. You continue to push your body to be the best dancer that you can be, even when it hurts and even when you’re exhausted. Your passion and love for dance shines through even when it’s hard. You continue to be an exceptionally caring friend who always thinks of other’s feelings, even when they’ve hurt you or disappointed you. You saw the adults in your family go through quite a few of life’s stresses lately, but you helped out where you could and shared your feelings when you felt you should. I am so proud of the tween you are and am so excited to see you continue to grow into the amazing woman you’re going to be in the next few years. You inspire me to be a better person, because after all you are my “mini me”. Thank you for being such an incredible you! I love you always!
Ok, now that I’m a puddle of tears… Have you ever written a letter to your child? I never have, but now that I write this, I wonder why I never have before. Do it now… write down your thoughts and share it with them. We hope they know, but maybe they don’t know how much we love them and how much we care. Share it with them today, because we’re never promised tomorrow – I know this all too well.
I recently gave this letter to my daughter to make sure she knows what she means to me, even during these wild tween years. Tweens often get a bad reputation for being moody, irritable and hard to manage. Yes, some days are a struggle for us both, but when you step back and take it all in for a moment, you realize what an incredible time this is in their lives (and our lives as a parent!). Their independence is growing and they’re trying new things, but at the end of the day, they still want to be a kid. They make a lot of mistakes, but they still come back to mom and dad to help them fix those mistakes. I treasure the times that she still needs me and am always looking for ways to guide her to keep being the best kid that she can be.
Like many tweens, my daughter is busy with an active after-school schedule. Dance is her love in life and she has 6 – 8 hours of classes and rehearsals in the afternoons and evenings. It’s not uncommon for us to get home from school, she runs upstairs to get changed into her dance clothes, and I quickly put together some healthy snacks for her to take with her to get through the next few hours of classes. She gets frustrated sometimes at the lack of substantial snacks for kids her age. Most snack packages are made for little kids with little appetites. We typically end up making up our own snack packs, just to give her the quantity of food that she needs to get through her hours of training.
I was so happy to learn recently about the new Yoplait Go Big yogurt pouches, made specifically for tweens and teens. I found them easily at my nearest Vons grocery store in the refrigerated yogurt aisle. I had a choice of two delicious sounding flavors: Strawberry/Mixed Berry or Peach/Mango/Cherry flavors. I was happily surprised to read the labels (as I do with most snacks for my kids) and learn that Go Big has no artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, contains real fruit, is a good source of calcium and is gluten free.
She and I were both excited for her to give these a try and see if they helped control her hunger during her afternoon of dance classes. After an afternoon of classes, she was happy to report that they filled her up, tasted great and she loved the easy grip and rip way to open them without slowing her down.
A happy kid definitely made for a happy mom. These will definitely be a part of our new snack routine!
Do you have a tween that inspires you too? Head on over to the Yoplait Go Big Facebook page and share what makes your tween so amazing, and make sure to tell us in the comments below too!
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