20 Signs You’re Parenting a Seattle Tween


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Where, oh where has your baby gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday that you were strapping that sweet bundle in for a jog around Green Lake or holding that tiny hand while your kidlet waddled ever-so-slowly around Woodland Park Zoo? But these days, your sidekick keeps up with you on your morning jog. And trips to Woodland Park Zoo are way more about ZooTunes than they are about the animals. Sounds like you’ve got a tween in the house. Read on for more telltale Seattle tween signs!

photo: Kristina Moy

1. You’re considering redirecting your monthly coffee budget toward braces or a family mobile plan.

2. You’re on the verge of trading in your SCT subscription for TeenTix.

3. She pulls her own weight in your tandem kayak, and leads the way when the fam bikes the Burke.

photo: Kristina Moy

4. Your kid has his own Starbucks drink order, and definitely made you make a special trip to try the Unicorn, Zombie and Christmas Tree Frapp.

5. Your sidekick finally gets why Archie McPhee’s is cool.

6. You’ve finally got that built-in babysitter you needed about 10 years ago.

photo: Kayla Johnson via Flickr

7. Forget Youngershoot, you’ve got a Bumbershoot buddy now!

8. You used to spend Saturday mornings catching Caspar Babypants’ latest show. Now you spend them trying to nab tix so your tween can catch his or her favorite artists at Key Arena.

9. The fam used to go to Full Tilt for the ice cream. Now you go for the pinball machines…and the ice cream.

photo: Kristina Moy

10. Braving the “big slides” at Wild Waves is now considered “no big deal.”

11. It’s possible they know the featured artists at MoPOP better than you do.

photo: Russell Bernice via Flickr

12. A McDonald’s Happy Meal is out. A Dick’s Deluxe, fries and shake from Dick’s Drive-In are in.

13. Your tween’s all about ride share apps, and probably has one installed on his phone.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

14. Every pic you snap includes them dabbing.

15. He’s traded in those cute kiddie umbrellas you loved for a stylish North Face jacket he loves.

16. You’ve caught him thumbing through your weekly issue of The Stranger.

photo: Adam Barhan via Flickr

17. Your little foodie has graduated from boxed mac-n-cheese to Beechers (fresh from the Pike Place Market).

18. Finally! You can take your kiddo to the Chihuly Garden & Glass at the Seattle Center.

photo: David McSpadden via Flickr

19. You realize no matter how old they get, cooling off in the International Fountain on a hot summer day is forever.

20. Your tween outpaces you on the black diamond runs at Snoqualmie and Steven’s Pass.

Do you have a Seattle tween in your house? Did any of these ring true? What else would you add? Tell us in the comments below.

— Allison Sutcliffe

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