The tween and teen years are a time of terrible pressure and also petty silliness. Take these examples of things that make my students said. What is missing here is maturity and perspective, perhaps all that comes from having bigger problems to fry. But in the mean time their little hearts get sore and their heads in a tizzy all from, what seems to us, simple silliness. But to them these things are very real despite being very short lived.
“Jill told Jack to come and tell me my boobs are too big!”
“Frank and Jack were throwing my bag all over the place and I couldn’t catch it.”
“Al flagged me at lunch today.” (This means that he pulled her skirt down to reveal her underwear to the whole cafeteria.)
“Jess looked at me with a mean face and all I did was have lunch with someone different today.”
“John threw a pen at me!”
“Everyone is laughing and saying I love Josh but I was only worried about his face after the ball hit it!”
“Sarah gave me a present and then she took it back! That is why I hit her!”
“Miss, John told me I am ugly.”
The girls tend to make each other cry but the boys are simply crazy. They tease each other so much that their skin grows hard and little bothers them. However they have been taught to pretend nothing hurts them when often it does. Kids are cruel.