12 yo and interested in parenting?

(8 Posts)
Secondme Sun 09-Jun-13 18:23:28

My dd is 12 yo. She has been thinking, after weeks of lessons about this at school, what she wants to be when she's older. Her thoughts so far were Lawyer, she knows a lot about this now since work shadowing my dsister. And something to do with child development. I was a speech therapist before I retired and she has become very interested in this. I have a lot of textbooks on the subject of child development and she has read them all.
I was just wondering, is 12 a bit early to be very interested in the subject of parenting? I get a lot of questions like 'When do, on average children start whatervering.' She has read all our old parenting books, etc. Except the contraception and pregnancy bits cos that's 'still a bit yucky'.
She does want to have children when she's older, but not dwelling on that (much). Loves looking after ds3 (8) and her little cousins, (5 and 6).
I don't have a problem with it, I just don't remember ever being interested in it as a child. Her friends are interested too. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Meringue33 Sun 09-Jun-13 18:30:03

I was interested. I read all my parents books on child psychology (Bruno Bettelheim, Clare Rayner, AS Neil) and used the theories against them during arguments smile

dianettey Sun 09-Jun-13 18:32:20

It sounds like more of an intellectual curiosity than a desire to be a parent!

What an intelligent, mature and inquisitive mind your daughter has- is this a stealth boast grin

Secondme Sun 09-Jun-13 18:33:00

Yes we have had that. And she is writing a list on how she feels about situations so she will remember if she has children.

Secondme Sun 09-Jun-13 18:33:47

She can be very immature. She is sulking now actually.

Turniptwirl Sun 09-Jun-13 19:49:09

I was fascinated by the children's medical book for years!

Notmyidea Sun 09-Jun-13 19:58:54

my mum used to have a pair of 1950s household management manuals that I loved reading the pregnancy and babycare sections of. I loved the idea of being a mum. (I love being a mum now...most of the time.) Didn't actually have kids until I was 27.

cory Wed 12-Jun-13 13:36:53

This was a compulsory school subject in my country when I was around this age. And this was a country with a very low incidence of teenager mothers. But learning about child development was interesting in itself and has often stood me in good stead later in life.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now