Tweens! Now that my oldest is twelve we’re entering stages of parenting that I’ve never experienced before. Tweens are already a mess with all that puberty stuff and just as much fun as our own emotional pregnant and PMSing selves. I have a feeling that parenting through this stuff is going to be a lot like parenting a toddler. This week we added braces to our lives (his teeth, not mine) and it’s been….hilarious!! Here’s a video I took of him of the first day after getting braces….oh how quickly the joy and excitement wore off!
1. Do teething drops work for braces? I’m not one to medicate my child, but braces do hurt. I remember them from when I was his age and they hurt for a while, and again every time you get them tightened. He only relied on the pain reliever for the first few days and I think he’s finally getting use to the feeling of his braces.
4. I need a translator! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve said “Huh?” and “What?” this week. I cannot understand half of what he says. Again, the appliance on the roof of his mouth is making it hard for him to “talk normal!”
Have you entered the tween stage with your kids yet? Parented a child with braces? Please feel free to share your stories in the comments.