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Growing Up

March 21, 2011
By aaliona SILVER, Spencer, Iowa
aaliona SILVER, Spencer, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Morning is a new sheet of paper for you to write on." ~Eve Merriam

Children are trying to grow up too fast.

They dress in outfits tighter and shorter than necessary.

Fourth grade girls text friends they saw moments earlier.

Seven year-olds are on Facebook.

Little girls reading Twilight try to understand the sexual references.

Pregnant twelve year-olds stir up the internet.

Girls younger than me are much more “mature.”

This isn’t right.

I still don’t buy the clothing tweens are crazy about.

I received a cell phone after sixth grade for transportation purposes.

I created my Facebook page at thirteen, with my mother learning my password.

I didn’t want to dwell on sex ed. class anymore that I had to.

I have no plans for sex any time soon.

Am I a dying breed?

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on Apr. 18 2011 at 8:48 pm
WithEyesWideOpen BRONZE, Wayne, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

Sometimes I catch myself trying to be too grown-up too. I stop myself because it makes me sad too see these things today. I just try to live my life now. Now regrets. & my anthem is "Never Grow Up" by Taylor Swift. My sister is 10 & I feel like she's hyper-growing too. I did that when I was her age. I'm in high school now, but I wish I could make her see that she just needs to enjoy her childhood..

SonRisA SILVER said...
on Apr. 14 2011 at 10:49 am
SonRisA SILVER, Atoka, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
or give me like a cupcake or doddleberries
Ya know anything to make fat people happy ;D

I blame global warming.Messes with the air and cuts off the o2 to the brian :) But it could be worse right.....

cr8artchick said...
on Apr. 13 2011 at 1:47 am
cr8artchick, Yorba Linda California, California
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Imagine what their kids will be like. That's a scary thought

cr8artchick said...
on Apr. 13 2011 at 1:46 am
cr8artchick, Yorba Linda California, California
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It's easy to forget in our world that there are other views then what society says, so I'm glad that you gave me a dose of reality, reminding me that I'm not the only one who feels this way!


on Apr. 8 2011 at 8:42 pm

I thought (hoped) it would be a while before I could say this, but:

Aaah, these crazy kids these days!! ;)

Seriously! I'm in middle school and all of my friends have cell phones. (no exaggeration.) My parents would kill me if I bought one! (um...possible exaggeration... ;p)

Anyway. This is a great article and I agree 100%. This world is being overrun with mini-adults! GO, DYING BREED!! (well, that came out weird. O_o) :)

on Apr. 8 2011 at 2:29 am
RadiahMariaBelak BRONZE, Singapore, Other
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Correct! Our generation is far more better. Take a look at 3rd-4th graders now. They're so different to us then!

on Apr. 6 2011 at 8:01 pm
EnigmaCalaway SILVER, Nottingham, Maryland
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Ha, I hope not! I do feel like you sometimes - if it's worth anything. You're not alone!

Ronnie17 said...
on Apr. 5 2011 at 8:28 pm

I totally agree! but i think that a lot if what young kids and many young teens are doing is influenced by media and famous teens like Miley Cyrus and others. They see that these famous people are doing things like drinking, dressing inappropriate, partying, doing drugs, having sex, ect. and they feel think that its cool to do because famous people are doing it or that everyone is doing these things.

I think another reason is that a lot of parents don't pay attention to their children and what age they are and what is appropriate and what is not.

Don't worry you are not alone!