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August 24, 2007

The “tween”

Filed under: family, life, parenting — Wizus @ 7:49 pm

It has become painfully clear to me that I am now the mother of a tween. The other day KK and I were watching TV together when an ad came on that started like this: “You no longer need to use a man’s razor…”

KK turned to me and asked, “Do you use Daddy’s razor?”

“No, I don’t” I replied, “I have my own razor” 

As the commercial continued to show a woman shaving her legs, my 8 year old asked, “Can I use your razor to shave my legs?”

“When you turn 13,  I will give you your own razor.”

“Thirteen? I have to live with these hairy legs until I am 13? Everyone will laugh at me!” 

<insert long drawn-out drama here>

In reality, I am sure she will shave her legs sooner than 13.  I don’t know if she will ask permission or just do it on the sly, but I think 13 is a good starting point for negotiations.   I know it is fun to feel grown up and to begin doing grown-up stuff, like shaving, but I hope to hold her off for a while.  My first born son was always anxious to try the grown up things too. I have a wonderful photo of him showing off where he cut his chin while shaving for the first time…he was only 9 at the time but he was so proud of himself!

When I took her in for her 8 year check up with her pediatrician, I got the “talk” from the doctor, “Now that KK is 8, you need to watch for signs of puberty and to be prepared to answer any questions she may have for you.”   Yikes!  I don’t want to hear this!  It is exciting to see her grow and change but it would be so nice to slow down the clock.

Ready or not, World, here she comes!  



  1. Oh the drama lol!

    I remember the first time I shaved my legs…..I was twelve and there was something on the Golden Girls that inspired me….can’t place it now, but I headed straight for the tub and went to it lol!! I’m sure it had to have been something Blanche said :P!

    Good luck! 😀

    Comment by savasana — August 25, 2007 @ 10:58 am

  2. I remember getting my own razor at 13 to shave my legs for the first time, and getting my first pair of high heels and nylons…. What a memory that’s brought up!! (I have ended up hating shaving my legs, and wearing nylons and heels…. and never do any of them anymore. LOL)

    Comment by cmmg — August 26, 2007 @ 7:30 am

  3. Molly will soon be 11 and she’s been blessed with my hair problem (dark and abundant). She’ll be shaving by next spring I imagine.

    I told her to chill in the “wanting to do it” department though, because once she started, it would be a rest-of-the-life pain in the butt.

    Sigh. Growing up is hard- even on us parental types, isn’t it? 😉

    Comment by snigsspot — August 27, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  4. I am lucky to have very blonde hair and so does KK. I was such a tomboy I didn’t know I was supposed to shave my legs until the second half of 8th grade…and then I only shaved above my knees because my knee-high athletic socks covered the rest!

    Comment by Wizus — August 27, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

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