That’s a real observation made by a tween mom. Funny, but is it true?
Being a mom of a former tween (or three), I could see how that might be one way to look at this stage of life.
Or this…”I wish the anger and attitude would just go away. In the last year my mellow child has started freaking out about things not worth stressing over!”
Yep, I remember when that switch got thrown in my house.
Tweens generally seem to get kind of a bad rap for their sometimes-unpredictable behavior, mood swings, and general unpleasantness.
I beg to differ, at least for the amazing kids I've had in my studio! Like the ones who are playing and competing at the highest level in sports, performing with their instruments in front of a filled auditorium, excelling in school with excellent grades, and showing compassion to others by volunteering.
I decided to create a positive experience for tweens in my area. So “WHO I AM”—the project—was born. I thought of it after looking at some forgettable images of myself at that age.
The objective; to give tweens a fun and confidence-building experience that combined a professional photo session with positive quotes and stories about them.
An experience to give a tween that a mom can feel good about
The parents and kids (along with another grandparent, teacher, or coach) were asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked questions about the tween right now.
The feedback I received was great--honest and compelling observations and stories. One mom thought that this exercise was one every mom and dad ought to do.
Because how often do we really stop everything we’re doing and write about our kids? We're so busy doing everything for them. One mom's observation;
Aside from treating her friends kindly (and her family sometimes too),she loves to thank others for their services or help others when we are out. She’s always thanking the bagger at the grocery store, bellman at a hotel, server at a restaurant. She loves to hold doors for people, tell someone to have a greater day and more. She just has a kind and generous nature”
They were encouraged to bring their instrument, soccer ball, rubber spatula, and even guinea pig! Whatever they were into right now. They really are involved in a lot!
I read so many positive instances of funny, heart-warming, and positive anecdotes...whether from dads, moms, teachers, or best friends.
One of my favorites was written by a grandmother who described her granddaughter's state so perfectly:
What I love most about Madison right now is that she has one foot firmly planted in the safety and security of childhood while she slowly tiptoes with the other into the challenge and uncertainty of adolescence. She is at once a child-tween and a tween-child. What a delight!"
The kids I had the honor of working with had lots of different talents, and all had a good attitude and seemed to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.
The best and most gratifying moments for me was watching them delight at the slideshow that included all the best photos and some of the wonderful quotes that people they love had written about them.
A celebration of tween-hood at its best!
This age group often gets overlooked for special photography sessions. I think it's a ideal time to do a photo session and celebrate the last phase of childhood, before those teenage years, and all the inevitable changes that come, commence.