Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Things I Don't Understand About Middle Schoolers

Middle Schoolers. Sometimes it feels like they're a completely different species. Of course I remember doing odd things when I was young, but sometimes I don't know what my daughter Natalie is going on about and when I'm like, "Huh?" she looks at me like I'M the odd one.

Here are some things your Middle Schooler might be talking about.


Giving Scrunchies To A Crush. Apparently girls will give a scrunchie to the boy they like and the boy WILL ACTUALLY WEAR IT on his wrist! I asked Natalie if she'd do this and she was all, "Heck no. These are my scrunchies. If he wants one, he can buy one himself."




Peppa Pig. What? Aren't they too old for Peppa Pig? Uh, well, they like to watch Peppa Pig edits on YouTube. Peppa Pig and friends do some rude things on there. Not completely inappropriate, but fart sounds are dubbed in, things like that. One of Natalie's friends actually had a Peppa Pig party, and she was turning 12.




Tik Tok. It's an app. And yeah, a lot of people are like, "Your kids don't need it, there are pedophiles there!" Well, there are pedophiles everywhere, sadly. My daughter has an account, but I monitor it. Basically, you make videos or edits.



VSCO Girls. Yup, I've written about this before. And some parents are all, "I was a VSCO girl in the 90s!" I was not. I never understood scrunchies, but now they are all the rage. I DID wear chokers, which some VSCO girls sport, but my daughter thinks they are hideous at the moment. She does have a Hydroflask and a collection of scrunchies but says she's NOT a VSCO girl, thank you very much. (A friend of hers went "And I oop" which is something VSCO girls say and Natalie was like, "Please remove yourself from my presence." (In a joking manner.))






Tik Tok Celebrities. There are people who get thousands, sometimes millions of views on videos. Natalie follows some of these. Sometimes they wear clothes from certain stores and then people watching want those same clothes so they can make a video like that person and look like them. A recent conversation with Natalie went like this: 

Natalie: “I want to get this Harvard sweatshirt from Forever 21.”

Me: “Aw, are you hoping to go there? You certainly can, you just have to actually try in math and not just guess or write “Is this necessary?” for answers. You are smart, you just have to apply yourself and not break out into song in the middle of class. But I know you could—“

Natalie: “I want it because a popular girl on Tik Tok wore it and I want to do a duet with her.”

Me: ........




Wearing hoodies when it's 90 degrees out. In Texas, it stays hot late in the year, and I'd be confused when I'd go to the school and see all these kids in hoodies when it was like 95 outside. Natalie says, "Oh, it's because hoodies are in right now. Especially the oversized ones." This one is 3 XL. I guess middle schoolers are open to the idea of fainting if it means being in style. 





Picking out clunky shoes. Natalie is all about these giant Fila sneakers. I think they look uncomfortable to walk in, but she loves them. She says many girls in Middle School have them. If she wants to stomp around like a dino, who am I to judge? 







So have you heard about some of these? 



77 comments:

  1. lol...I bet this is how my parents felt about me when I was growing up in the 90's. And it is so crawy that they're into scrunchies and chunky sneakers. I felt that my generation was into the same thing. But sweatshirts...in TX? That's just cray :)

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  2. I love some of the 80's stuff coming back in! And I actually do wear sweaters and warm weather gear in the summer time because of the AC blasting everywhere! AS for the VSCO girls, I am not much of a selfie culture person, but most of my girls are. It's just that generation, I guess.

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  3. Yeah I've heard of some of them. Gabbie and her friends make fun of VSCO girls, but they like scrunchies too! And my kids were watching Peppa Pig edits last week too.

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  4. I had no idea about the scrunchies :)) And I love those shoes, they might seem uncomfortable, but they're so cute!

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  5. I heard about a lot of these. Being in middle school is all about the trends.

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  6. Oh man it has been SO LONG since I was in middle school. I see a lot of things have changed. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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  7. I have heard about some of these. However, as a mom of three boys I won't experience any. Good luck surviving the middle school stages mama.

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  8. This is too funny! As far as TikTok the other day I was like what in the world is that?! lol

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  9. I have two middle school boys so I know very little about these. My boys do talk about the scrunchie thing.

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  10. Much like you I'm in the dark about the majority of this stuff. If it weren't for Youtube I'd never keep up!

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  11. I don't have kids so i never had to experience middle schoolers lol but I get what you're saying, everyone is talking about TikTok now

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  12. I have heard of the majority of these. It's weird, but I remember that when I was a teenager we had weird stuff going on as well. It's always good to stay on touch with their reality. It's the first time that I hear about the first one hahaha I loved the attitude of your daughter towards the scrunchie thing.

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  13. Wish I had a guide like this when my sons were in middle school! The code sure is tough to figure out!!

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  14. If you search Peppa Pig on TikTok, you would get the running joke. It's crazy the stuff I have learned on that app. It is more for adults 18+ but even if it was classified as it, kids would find a way on it. As a parent, it is all about monitoring what they do.

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  15. It has been a while since I had a kid in middle school, so most of these things are new to me.

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  16. I cannot believe how some things that were from my age are becoming new again! Chunky shoes, I mean what lol.

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  17. Mine too, there are times I cannot catch up with my daughter, the hype and the emotions she is having espcially the interest.

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  18. This was such an cool post to read! I don't have middle schoolers yet but I think it's so interesting to see the fads and what they're into!

    Kileen

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  19. Haha! I know some of these but not the VSCO girls. Tiktok app is so popular these days but I find some videos annoying. lol!

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  20. Your post made me laugh. I will have middle schoolers within a few years and I am wondering how it will be :)

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  21. This is so funny! My granddaughter just turned 5 this week and I wonder what will be the new fads when she becomes a middle schooler. (Rena)

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  22. This is great article. I have so much fun reading this. I'm aware now that things are so different now. I really wonder why. LOL

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  23. I laugh at this because I have two girls and as much as my oldest doesn't want to admit she gives in to these fads, she does. As she walks around in hoodies and those Fila Disruptors.

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  24. Does anyone understand middle schoolers? And when did that change from Jr. High? LOL My son teaches band in Middle School and he says he leaves that day always shaking his head.

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  25. First Natalie is becoming a beautiful young lady! With that said, I love coming to your blog. I read and I hear you and feel and you always make laugh!

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  26. I find the VCSO thing funny - when I first heard about it.. I was like "wait.. that was the style when I was in high school?!" and showed my son pictures to prove it lol

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  27. The one that was a news flash to me was the scrunchies one. I need to ask my son if that's a thing in his school.

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  28. OMG Yes the Tik Tok thing drives me nut. My daughter watches it like crazy!!!

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  29. I actually learned the other day what a VSCO girl is. It's interesting when kids hit this age. You learn new trends.

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  30. It looks like the 90s are back. I remember wearing scrunchies in my hair and around my wrist. as well as the sweatshirts and hoodies in the summer. The later was mostly to keep warm indoors.

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  31. she is absolutely adorable! i am in love with 90s vibe back because you know it's the time grew up in, it will always be special to me.

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  32. This is such a fun post to read! I just created a Tik Tok account last week. It's a pretty interesting app.

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  33. Now begins that age! That one that we don't understand. I have a 10 years old daughters and I begin to see weird things too!

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  34. I am totally getting you and so relatable as my son is turning 12 next year and some traits coming soon.

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  37. So many things from the 90's, can't believe the chunky shoes are back!! Also scrunchies - never knew that they give them to boys lol

    Laura x

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  38. "these are my scrunchies, if he wants one he can buy one himself" LOL

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