What age do YOU consider pre-teen?

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Sorry ladies, this is not a debate, but something my hubby and need some personal help with, and I respect the opinions of this group. I have posted this on the main page too (it will be interesting to see the difference, LOL).



My husband and I run a business, and we are trying to work out the wording on our marketing. I don't want to reveal the details, or it may impact on the feedback I get. But rest assured, it is not an online business or anything like that, it is a local entertainment business and we are just trying to solve a few issues we have.



Anyway, to the question! What age group to you consider falls within the term "pre-teen"? If at all possible, I would also appreciate if you could ask your partner this as well, because men may have a different viewpoint.



Thanks!!

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Isobel - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Loureen:

9-12 i think .

i cant believe how younger and younger children are getting when they hit puberty i wonder why that is ?? nobody except for one girl hit puberty before 13 when i was at school and i didn't hit till 16 !


 



I've heard 3 theories on this (and they all seem to hold some merit for me). 



1.  puberty is triggered by a specific height/fat ratio, and with more and more children being over-weight, this ratio is being reached at a younger and younger age.



2.  Hormones in the meat/milk.



3.  More and more girls are being raised with an adult male in their home that is not genetically related to them, the pheromones cause the young girls bodies to believe they are ready to mature faster.



I myself was 14, and am dreading the fact that my 8-year-old already has stinky armpits, pimples on her nose, and once a month has a "moody day" so bad that she voluntarily spends the day in her room. (and no...we don't try to get her to come out lol)



 



Jodi, I think that changing the pamphlets makes complete sense, I know I definitely consider "kids" to be under 10, and go-carting would be a fabulous idea for a pre-teen birthday party (thanks for the suggestion, I think I will try it in a couple of years)

Lindsay - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Jodi:

Thanks Lindsay :=) I am off to bed now. Very late here, and I have cracked my ribs and just took my medication to help me sleep, so I'm betting I'll be floating in about 10 minutes, LOL :) But I really appreciate it!!



Oh, wow! Sorry to hear that, Jodi. I hope you get to feeling better soon! =)

Lindsay - posted on 10/26/2009

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When I hear "pre-teen", about 10-12 comes to my head. I'll have to update Josh's answer later as he has gone to work. =)

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Heidi - posted on 10/27/2009

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I would say once the child hits double digits(10) they are considered a preteen. My husband likes to think 12 is preteen because thats only one year prior to them actually being a teen.

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2009

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LOL Laura, my 12 year old promptly announced a couple of months ago "Mum, I have hair down there now"!!! It was all Rob and I could do to stifle a laugh. We just gave him the thumbs up and told him thank you for letting us know. I am hoping he decides to keep the next major development to himself, because I'm not sure I want to know......



But yes, all those theories kind of make sense. My stepdaughter got her period at 13, she is quite tall and thin, and from what I gather, most of her friends already had theirs, she was considered a "late bloomer".

Dana - posted on 10/26/2009

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Sounds right to me, Jodi! That should avoid any future confusion, except for the occasional idiot.

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2009

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Thank you all for your input. I was thinking 10-12, so you've pretty much all confirmed what I suggested to my husband. We own a go-kart track here, and at the moment, he has the brochures with "Kid's Birthday Parties", when he really means 10 years and up. When I suggested to him that he stop using the term "kids" and instead used "pre-teen and Teen" he looked at me like I was going mad. His problem at the moment is he gets mothers of 6 year olds calling to book parties, and even though he puts height limits, they never really read the detail, LOL. So I will share everyone's responses with him, so he can see that the term "pre-teen" is probably a much better option for his marketing, then he won't get all these wasted phone calls :) Although I'm sure there are bound to be people who still won't read - there's always one!!



Loureen, you're right. In my day, you were either a child or a teenager. I don't remember the term pre-teen even existing. I didn't hit puberty until I was 15, most were areound 13, 2 or 3 may have been younger, but not many.

Charlie - posted on 10/26/2009

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9-12 i think .

i cant believe how younger and younger children are getting when they hit puberty i wonder why that is ?? nobody except for one girl hit puberty before 13 when i was at school and i didn't hit till 16 !

Isobel - posted on 10/26/2009

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Rupert says 10-13... and from a physiological standpoint I agree, but from a marketing standpoint...the grade threes (8 year old girls not boys) are so beyond Hannah Montana...I still think they count.

Dana - posted on 10/26/2009

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Matt just got home and I asked him too, he says 9-12. Well, first he said anything before 13, lol.

Amie - posted on 10/26/2009

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It really depends on the individual child. Our oldest started pre puberty last year. She's now in full swing and she turned 9 in July.

For boys it seems to be a bit older. My brothers never really started the puberty thing until we (sisters) were done. So for them it started around 12. They still acted like jerks before that though. LOL!

For a blanket age group though encompassing all kids I'd have to go from 9-13. Hubby agrees.

JL - posted on 10/26/2009

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In my opinion between ages 9-12 and I am basing that off my experience as someone who used to teach middle school kids. My hubby said age 12, because 12 comes right before 13 therefore making it the preteen age..*eye rolling*

Sharon - posted on 10/26/2009

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10 - 12 for girls



11 - 12 for boys - my 10 yr old boy is still very much a BOY

Dana - posted on 10/26/2009

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I would think pre-teen is anywhere from age 9-12. Of course times are a changin.

Isobel - posted on 10/26/2009

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my daughter is 8, and starting pre-puberty. She is absolutely IN LOVE with anything marketed towards pre-teens. (pray for me)

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2009

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Thanks Lindsay :=) I am off to bed now. Very late here, and I have cracked my ribs and just took my medication to help me sleep, so I'm betting I'll be floating in about 10 minutes, LOL :) But I really appreciate it!!

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