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CheapSausagesAndSpam Tue 30-Jan-18 10:54:50

Just trying to see if mine's like others....I used to worry about her a lot as she's always been very self-contained and mature for her age....even as a toddler she seemed grown up.

She's got to 13 quite smoothly really and has always had a nice friendship group but she spends an inordinate amount of time in her room!

She goes ice skating about once a fortnight with her mates or into the city to shop and drink weird "bubble tea" hmm and to the rare sleepover ....she doesn't really like sleepovers but will attend if one of her friends does that as a birthday celebration.

She laughs and chats to her mates online (can hear her) and watches things on Netflix and Youtube.

Does that sound ok? What do yours do?

Seeline Tue 30-Jan-18 11:01:00

Mine is Y9.
She dances 2 x week after school (just dropped down from 3 because HW was getting too much)
She still goes to Guides.
She has one good school friend, but she lives quite a way away, so can only meet up during the holidays if parents are involved in providing lifts etc, but they do go shopping, Costas, trampolining etc if we can arrange it. They also spend days together and have sleepovers. Sometimes friend comes to ours after school.
She also occasionally meets up for a shopping spree with old friends from primary.
WhatsApp/FaceTime etc
Most of the time though when not doing HW, she is playing games on her tech, reading, crafting or working on Guide stuff.

Blankuser1992 Tue 30-Jan-18 11:27:51

Bubble tea is from Asia and it’s quite nice smile

She might be more into tumblr etc than socialising , ask her if she likes any youtubers!

You could see what hobbies she would like to try more of, what her favourite celeb is or such things

And go from there.

Some people arnt social butterflies at 13 but could use a push in the right direction.

Go for bubble tea with her , bond etc

implantsandaDyson Tue 30-Jan-18 11:33:23

Mine is nearly 13 - she watches Netflix, goes out with her school friends to the pictures, shopping, cafe etc about once a fortnight. She plays a sport so she trains one night a week and maybe plays in a match every 10 days or so. Talks a lot on the phone, draws a bit. She sounds very like your daughter grin, most of her friends do exactly the same.

Abracadabraapileofbollocks Tue 30-Jan-18 11:33:42

Another bubble tea one (it's disgustingly sweet). She reads, phones her friends, doodles dress designs, watches thinfs on utube (mostly in her room). She only enjoys a sleeppover at home. She also enjoys camping and survival type and dr who events but sadly wont share those with her school friends as they probably aren't keepers friend wise and take the piss out of anything "unusual".

Paperdoll16 Tue 30-Jan-18 11:38:41

Wow never heard of bubble tea.

My DD is y9 but just turned 14.

She plays football every Sunday but with training Friday evenings.
Youth club tue evenings.
Often a Nando's and cinema date with the girls on Saturday per month, plus an awakeover (who called them sleepovers? hmm)
In her room she plays her guitar, writes songs. Plays with her hamsters.
Plays the Xbox and chats to friends. A little phone time but not overly obsessed with it like her older sister.

therealposieparker Tue 30-Jan-18 16:52:42

Tune into the Infinite Monkey cage this week on radio 4....

A perfectly timed piece of radio!!

winglesspegasus Tue 30-Jan-18 18:07:30

drive their parents crazy

EmpressoftheMundane Tue 30-Jan-18 18:18:27

Trampoline parks, sports, fiddling with phone, making a fancy journal and measuring and recording every moment of her day.

helenoftroyville Tue 30-Jan-18 18:34:43

You are going to get a lot of responses about how people's DD's play three musical instruments, help the elderly, play many sports, do hours of homework, hold down two jobs and do hours if homework grin

But yes, FaceTiming friends, shopping a few sleepovers and the odd ice skating trip sounds exactly right for a 13YO

RainbowDashed Tue 30-Jan-18 18:38:35

Mine is pretty much like yours
She goes to guides every week but other than that she's in her room. She talks to her mates online, sometimes they meet up and go into town for a coffee or a mooch around the shops. she will come and chat to us occasionally when she's really bored grin

donners312 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:39:26

That sort of thing plus a whole lot of falling out with friends??

rocketgirl22 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:40:48

My dd is 13 too, and where as I was always at a friends house every evening she is content to snapchat and face time her friends. So I feel I am always having to encourage her to actually spend time with her friends, she says she and her friends are all the same.

Plays tennis once a week
All the usual sports and matches at school
Once a fortnight or sometimes longer if things are busy at school she goes to the cinema or shopping, or out for waffles with her friends
She does yoga and meditation every night
Walks the dogs
Homework and reading
Weekend baking (making a mess of the kitchen and the end result is not always entirely edible)
Painting and crafting when I encourage it (she doesn't choose to do it now by herself, and is somewhat bored of my amateur efforts)
Researches Pinterest for ideas for designing her room, making cakes or fashion
Chats to her friends via SM

Birthday sleepovers only, the novelty of being exhausted has truly worn off, but she will happily go for someone's birthday but no more.

She seem happy to do her own thing, but I worry she doesn't see her friends enough in RL....but it is different now clearly to the days we hung out reading teen mags every night!

MsHarry Tue 30-Jan-18 18:41:15

Mine is yr 9 age 13 nearly 14. Much more of a home girl than elder DD at that age. She sometimes meets friend in town at the weekend to shop or go to an ice-cream parlour or cinema.Doesn't really like sleepovers but will go for a birthday or something. She goes to a dance class once a week but spends most of her time with us and the dog or in her room chatting to friends, She has snap chat and instagram.

budgiegirl Tue 30-Jan-18 18:41:25

My DD12 goes to scouts one evening per week, plus occasional weekend trips/camps.

Other than that, she messages friends, plays games on the computer, watches Modern Family on a loop, at weekends she meets friends in town for a Costa, or swimming, or goes for an occasional sleepover .

MsHarry Tue 30-Jan-18 18:43:03

Oh she does do homework and is learning to play guitar so has that going on in her room too!! Lots of friend falling out issues this year , i can't keep up with who is friend or foe sometimes!

rocketgirl22 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:44:02

Oh god yes, and the hours talking about the latest 'drama' and decoding what it means (nothing) I should charge by the hour for the time spent (wasted) listening to the latest hormonal bust up.

MsHarry Tue 30-Jan-18 18:45:06

Yes to weekend baking(very messy )but she makes nice cakes and biscuits and does tidy up just not to my standard! She also cookies once a week for the family when I am out late taking other DD to her music lesson. she's a great girl.

MsHarry Tue 30-Jan-18 18:45:57

rocket Same! I start out interested and concerned and when I get to the bottom of it there is nothing there! Mountains out of molehills springs to mind.

saladdays66 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:46:03

Reading, homework, one club, trampolining, going into town with friends to shop/mooch around, seeing her boyfriend, watching netflix, on her phone, sleepovers, writing her blog...

rocketgirl22 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:50:29

Mostly I am surprised and just a bit amazed by her calm attitude, her maturity for her age and the sense that she is just so much more together/insightful/switched on than I ever was (or even managed to be by 21)
I think I can speak for all of them when I say this, despite the fallings out, they are great great girls with everything going for them...

londonmummy1966 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:53:50

Yr 9dd just turned 14 - does play 4 musical instruments (but doesn't practice!). Choir twice a week and Saturday music school. She usually takes herself off for a run a couple of times a week. The rest of the time she is doing homework/on her phone/baking cakes/doing her nails (or fake ones to stick on at the weekend)/watching Netflix. Once a month or so if she has a bit of extra time she'll meet up with a friend to go swimming/shopping/cinema/coffee/sailing.

As PPs have said social media to discuss the dramas of the day takes a long time at this age - she has a particularly nasty tutor group compared with her older sister.

TwoBlueFish Tue 30-Jan-18 18:54:48

DS1 (14) goes to the gym once a week, Drama once a week and trampolining once a week. Other than that he spends most of his time either in his room (singing, SIMS, YouTube, face time, etc) or singing and dancing in the garden.

DS2(13) does no clubs, he delivers the local paper once a week and apart from that spends his time in his room playing games on his PC, chatting to friends, watching YouTube, drooling over trainers or sleeping!

londonmummy1966 Tue 30-Jan-18 18:55:23

Oh and endless time spent in the bathroom making a hell of a mess..

spidereye Tue 30-Jan-18 18:56:05

Sea scouts, gymnastics, piano, ddog and dcat, Netflix, mobile phone, Harry Potter (books, films, everything) Occasional sleepover, shopping trip with friends. Loves Costa & Starbucks, oh and still making slime

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