Personally, I don't remember having issues with those years because I was living on a farm in the middle of Texas and had the horses and cows as my friends - they didn't care if I wore the most current of fashions or whether I had body odor or not. I'm just sayin'.
Since I am a person who is relationship-oriented, I tend to do a lot of research and reading on anything I think might help me to identify with what she's going through and possibly give her some tips to help her "fit in" with the kids at our new church.
Of course, I am learning as I go too, because let's face it - it's been a lot of years since I was a pre-teen and I'm not exactly known for my stellar memory. Nor am I known for being a "cool" mom, in fact, I've been called the "meanest mom in the world" before, but that's entirely subject to interpretation, as I'm sure you well know.
However, I have learned a few words which I'd like to share with you at this time, so that you too, may enjoy a full and enriching relationship with your tween/teenager (or at least be able to cipher what they're saying):
tatted out: covered in tattoos
tramp stamp: a tattoo on a woman's lower back, designed for viewing between low-riding jeans and short t-shirts.
scooby doos: good shoes
cupcaking: public display of affection
boo: boyfriend or girlfriend
flirtationship: a prolonged flirtation with an acquaintance, not involving physical contact.
brodown: boy's night out
bromance: a close, but nonsexual relationship between 2 men.
n00b: a newcomer
crunk: a hip-hop genre
disco nap: a short nap before clubbing
mash-up: to take elements of existing peices of music, usually of different genres, and combine them into a new song.
check vitals: monitor one's email, cellphone, voice mail, and other electronics
floss: to show off your wealth
jump the shark: to have peaked and now be on a downward slide
rock: to manifest greatness
fo' shizzle: certainly
the bomb: an ultimate favorite
off the chain: the bomb
ridonkulous: beyond ridiculous
sick: extremely cool
chav: derogatory term for a working-class youth.
nutter: a crazy person
snog: to kiss
T5: disorganization, like the infamous new Terminal Five @ Heathrow Airport
badonkadonk: an attractive derriere
So how many of these words did you already know? Were any of them new to you?