Miss Frugal is 12 now and she’s a much more mature 12 than I think I was at her age although I suppose that’s to be expected though in these times with all of the technology available to our children.
Phones, YouTube and Social Media have had a massive effect on how quickly our children grow up don’t they?
Not that I think that’s necessarily a bad thing because I love the way that technology also effects my parenting as well. Take her having a phone for example – I completely get that not everyone is going to agree with me but I love the fact that she can contact me quickly when she needs me and more importantly that I can contact her at any time. I always know where she is when she goes somewhere but I still worry and the fact that she has a phone and keeps in regular touch makes me feel better. How on earth did my parents manage when I started to venture out on my own with no way of keeping in touch with them or just checking in every now and again?
And whoever says that children shouldn’t have phones has obviously never forgotten to top up their child’s lunch card before. 😉
YouTube is another thing that was unheard of when I was younger but I think it’s amazing – such a fantastic resource. She taught herself knitting by watching YouTube tutorials as well as learning how to put make-up on (an essential skill for any 12 year old you know) and watching no end of videos from the ‘famous’ YouTubers.
The things you can watch or learn on YouTube are endless – pop videos (old and new), craft tutorials, clips from TV and film, DIY tutorials, hair and beauty tutorials…. Even homework help as we can watch clips on there to bring things to life.
So, when Miss Frugal decided that it was about time I learned to scalp plait her hair, I know exactly how I was going to learn – YouTube!
A quick search for scalp plait tutorials and I found one simple enough for even me to follow.
She couldn’t leave the house like that I don’t think but it does the job to get her hair super curly if she sleeps in them like this.
Now I just have to master the rest of the skills I apparently need to be the parent of a teenage girl – they involve nail art, make up and very difficult to do hair styles!
I have 6 months….