The jump from 11 years old to 12 is astonishing. Puberty does a number on our children. i would recommend to all parents…enjoy them (even when they are annoying us with babble about a video game or something) before puberty makes them no longer yours. I mean, they would prefer hanging out with friends to being with old me, i mean, us. 🙂 Yesterday, she turned 14…how the hell did that happen?!