One of my granddaughters is 11. She's a very fussy eater, either 'starving' or not hungry (depending on what I have to offer and whether I'll order a takeaway).
Lately, she spends most of her time upstairs (on her mobile, chatting to her best friend) and she can be quite blunt, rude even, as she's hormonal too. Why does 'teenage' have to strike so early?
Just a few years ago she was a lovely kid - a joy to look after, very sociable and caring with her siblings. There are no family problems, she has lovely parents, home and school life - so the change is quite dramatic and (let's hope) just a phase. I remind her about her manners. She's slim, lively and athletic - and has found puberty and periods quite horrendous.
Image if she had an unreliable single parent, fond of her drink and mentally unstable? How awful would she be then, aware of being stuck in a family squabble?
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