Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore

Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore

by Sue Sanders


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Raising a preteen can sneak up on you. Best friends can turn into crushes—or bullies—overnight, and suddenly everything you do is so embarrassing. Connecting with someone who not so long ago was your baby and now only responds in shrugs and eye-rolls is difficult, but open, respectful communication is exactly what a preteen needs.

In Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore, Sue Sanders guides by example, in 25 conversations and moments she has shared with her daughter, Lizzie. Everything is fair game:
“Tell me about your mean girl.”
“You and Dad do that?”
“When can I get Facebook?”
“Do you believe in God?”
“I got a 3 on my essay.”
“You wouldn't understand“

As Lizzie figures out who she is and Sue does her best to keep up, the conversations and milestones are sometimes unexpected, sometimes awkward, but always honest. With refreshing wit, candor, and self-awareness, Sanders reminds us to trust our intuition, keep an open mind, and answer those questions we can to help our preteens navigate growing up—and maybe learn a thing or two about ourselves in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190782
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sue Sanders' writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Oregonian, Parents, Family Circle and on Salon, The Rumpus and Babble. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter Lizzie, now 14.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 "Mom, Have You Ever Smoked Marijuana?" (expected, but still surprising conversations) 1

"Mom, have you ever smoked marijuana?" 3

"I got my period in Learning Lab!" 7

"Tell me about your mean girl." 13

"You and Dad do that?" 21

"Damn it." / "Did she just say what I think she did?" 26

"Will we be an official family?" 31

"What if I don't make any friends?" 39

"Anna's brother got his learner's permit." 47

"Will she be okay at camp?" 55

"I'm angry at you!" 61

"You're not my boss." / "Go to your room." 68

Part 2 "Aren't Family Values a Good Thing?" (modern family talk) 71

"Aren't Family Values a Good Thing?" 73

"Lizzie wants to be friends on Facebook." 79

"Do you believe in God?" 85

"Can I get American Eagle jeans?" 91

"How do you type on this thing?" / "Here, let me try." 98

"Do these shorts make my butt look big?" 101

"Do you drink wine every night?" 109

"They told me they needed space." 117

"You wouldn't understand." / "Try me." 125

"I got a 3 on my essay." 129

Part 3 "Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore." (and everything in between) 137

"Mom, I'm not a kid anymore." 139

"What kind of question is this?" 145

"Please, please can we go?" 153

"How was your trip to Mount St. Helens?" / "It was, like, awesome!" 160

"What did he say?" 165

"Telephone for you, Lizzie." 173

"Where's the rest of this dress?" 181

"They're having tryouts next week!" 187

"Will the world be around when I have kids?" 197

"I'm making a list." / "Of what?" 202

Acknowledgments 207

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