Hymowitz Discussion


Childrenare Growing More Quickly Nowadays than earlier Times

Hymowitzsupports the suggestion that children are nowadays growing morerapidly than some years back, exemplifying his support through avariety of examples throughout his dog-bites-man discussion. Theauthor’s daughter was ten by then and in the fourth grade (Hymowitz190). Hymowitz uses an example of a renowned Henry Trevor, whopronounced that the issue of the preadolescence does not exist in ourpresent times and children are becoming teenagers even at the age often years. Henry Trevor affirmed his proposition through a succinctobservation across the state from teachers, psychologists andresearchers in demographic and marketing (Hymowitz 191). For example,Markers have developed a new term “tweens” to describe childrenbetween eight to twelve years of age. This descriptive term wasconceptualized to eliminate ambiguity arising between early childhoodand adolescence. A study has indicated that the tweens are inclininggreatly toward teen attitudes, teen styles, but their behaviors arenuisance (Hymowitz 191).

Additionally,a market research by Micheal Cohen, a psychologist, indicate that thetarget market for the toy manufacturers has changes from target kidsof one to fourteen years, to target kids of one to ten years(Hymowitz 191). This example is a good demonstration showing thatchildren are rapidly growing more than several decades earlier.Furthermore, a report released by the Nickelodeon Bruce Friendindicates that children at the age of eleven are not consideringthemselves as children anymore. The report further says that tweensare more considered with their appearance and fashion (Hymowitz 192).Additionally, a Miami computer teacher, Lottie Sims, says thatchildren attend schools with huge bags full of hair spray andlipsticks, even without the consent of their parents (Hymowitz 192).Additionally, sexual activities have increased among tweens resultingto an increased pregnancy among them (Hymowitz 193)


Thetweendom phenomenon occurs due to the complex combination ofdemographic, biology and bad ideas assortment. Therefore, theemergence of the tweendom phenomenon bears risks for both youths andsociety at large. Children in the tween stage (eight to twelve yearsof age) develop unsteady sense of themselves more than in adolescencestage. Additionally, tweens are susceptible to a vulgar marketplaceand to the trackless influence of their juvenile peers (Hymowitz191). There are cases where most of the tweens have become pregnantat this tender age due to increased sexual activities among them.Furthermore, tweens have engaged in alcohol and substance abuse whichhave destroyed their lives (Hymowitz 193)

Responseto William Morrison`s Discussion Post

Inresponse to his discussion post, I believed William Morrison hascovered what Hymowitz have addressed in support of the existence oftweendom stage in our present times. For example, the post hasmentioned the various people such as specialists, psychologists, andteachers who have affirmed that preadolescence notion have beenreplaced by the tweendom phenomenon. I agree with William Morrisonwhen he says that media pop culture is influencing tweens’ habitsof cheating their parents to attain their objectives. William placesblame to the parents and society which is nurturing these obnoxioustweens. I also agree with the discussion post about the mediainfluence such as television that is deemed as a ultra-villain inaltering the minds of the children. The media has influenced childrenin the way they present compromising relationships that have madechildren emulate what they see in the television. Additionally, thediscussion post has pin-pointed that fashion is common amongst thetweens which have made them oppose conservative mode of dressing,since they think that they are more respected by their peers. I thinkthat tweens want to be seen as mature, important and be recognizedand accepted by their peers. Furthermore, William Morrison’sdiscussion post recommends that children should be given firmguidance on the best type of the faddish entertainment and reality.


Hymowitz,S. Kay. “Tweens:Ten Going on Sixteen,”1998. City Journal, TheNew York TimesTheWashington Post The New Republic.