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My twins Sarah and Ben were 10 last September and their hormones have just started to kick in.

Things they'd normally take in their stride are beginning to upset them. For example, Ben cried the other day because of something that happened while playing football and Sarah's more worried about what people think of her at school.

I've also noticed them answering back a couple of times or saying 'Whatever' when I ask them something like a typical teenager! Sometimes when I say something to Sarah, she looks at me like I'm speaking Spanish and Ben thinks I'm 'on his case' all the time.

Some parents might get upset but I've got an older daughter, Charlotte, and I know it's just a phase. Their hormones are probably making them feel differently and the talking back is just their way of asserting themselves.

In a way it's sad to think they're pulling away from me but it's also exciting to think they're growing up.

I still think it's important they know what is and isn't acceptable though. I always tell them off if they're rude and insist they help around the house. Lucy Fowler, 40, from Crawley - Are kids growing up too fast?
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Rachel

my son is 9 and he's the oldest in his class/ year 4. his hormones are defiantly kicking in, none of the boys in his class have quite hit the same point yet, so he is feeling very diffident until he's in the playground with the year 5 children. It's the the same as lyndsay said its all shouting not listening, he is still a kind hearted boy but is trying to stamp his authority and be his own person as well as still needing guidance and help even road safety is an issue again...! wish me luck........! LOL

Gianna

well my hormones kicked in really early like 8 when i started growing "them". when i was 10 i acted like a brat a lot and that's just normal really.now im 12 and i don't act like that anymore. you should discipline them a bit more like telling them that they are not always right. they are not perfect. nobody even grownups are perfect. everything has its flaws. hope this helps. :)

lyndsay

i have 9 year old twin girls and they are very hormonal at the moment.they dont listen and shout all the time always saying they are right and everything is up to them. they use to be so well behaved until lately but im glad to hear its just a phase im hoping it doesnt lasty too long. thanks for telling your story sometimes i feel its my fault and im the only one going through it uve made me feel a bit better

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