Technology and consumerism have accelerated the growth of kids aged 8 to 9 (tweens) who are already behaving like teens, experts say.

I think all thoughtful parents and concerned teachers may already have noticed this disturbing trend all over the world.

Dealing with this problem is not easy, as many of them have noticed.

Little children manifesting the attitudes and preferences appropriate to adolescents upset parents. For instance, which parent will like to accept his/her 10 year old’s behavior showing embarrassment at  having parents be too close?  

This trend is not only psychological but also physical.

“Several published studies have found, for instance, that some tweens’ bodies are developing faster, with more girls starting menstruation in elementary school – a result doctors often attribute to improved nutrition and, in some cases, obesity. While boys are still being studied, the findings about girls have caused some endocrinologists to lower the limits of early breast development to first or second grade.” (Link)

TV, Internet and peers are identified as three of the major sources of influences on kids that encourage them to talk, dress and behave like grown-ups. In some cases parents themselves are to blame for it, because they don’t set limits and draw the line. Some of the parents even encourage such things thinking them to be fashionable and they don’t want their kids to be left behind.

Young children influencing the buying decisions and family vacations are common today.

“…tweens represent $51 billion worth of annual spending power on their own from gifts and allowance, and also have a great deal of say about the additional $170 billion spent directly on them each year.”

 

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