You Know You’re Growing Up When . . .

You Know You’re Growing Up When . . .

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

You Know You’re Growing Up
When . . .

You can’t fit in the baby swing at the park.

Kirsten Gunderson, eight

You manage to squeeze yourself into your old hiding space but you can’t get back out.

Rachael Pavelko, twelve

You can go on the roller coaster because you pass the height mark.

Kelsey Gunderson, ten

You realize the world does NOT revolve around you.

Lindsay Carlson, fourteen

You start getting more phone calls than your mom.

Kim Riddle, eleven

Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons on Saturdays, you sleep until noon.

Lauren Aitchison, eleven

Food tastes just as good with a lot less ketchup.

Amanda Long, ten

You realize it’s YOUR underwear that your mother is hanging on the clothesline for all the neighbors to see.

Janelle Breese-Biagioni

You go to the movies and you can see something not made by Disney.

Alex Blake, nine

Boys and girls no longer have cooties! (I don’t know if I’m there yet.)

Amaelia Macoritto, twelve

The goofy-looking neighbor kid who plays football with your brother comes over and asks if you’re home, not your brother, and he has suddenly transformed into a handsome prince!

Ashton Howe, thirteen

You stop giggling at the word “kiss.”

Katy Coleman, thirteen

You no longer crawl in bed with your mom and dad during thunderstorms.

Annie Barkley, thirteen

You tell your mom that you’re too old to be holding her hand while walking in the mall.

Emily Skees, thirteen

You won’t take a bath with your younger sibling anymore.

Keley Katona, fifteen

The waitress no longer assumes you want crayons and a kid’s menu.

Kaleigh Cronin, ten

You are trying on thousands of clothes just to go to the skating rink (acting like your big sister).

April Randes, sixteen

You are asked to say the blessing at a family gathering.

Craig Lee Watrous Jr., ten

Your daily vitamins switch from Flintstones to vitamin C.

Jennifer Luptak, eleven

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