As my children get older, it’s interesting to watch them shift to becoming tweens. Friends are starting to loom larger in their lives and the opinions of others matter more (much more than they should, in my opinion, but nobody listens to mom once you’re in middle school).
I wonder if I should be more concerned about this transition to “What is everyone else going to think?” than I am. I know it’s a normal phase in growing up, and I think I have good kids. But that’s not what keeps me from biting my nails.