What a silly question.
By the time I was 33, I had
–Been through high school, college, and grad school.
–Traveled all over the country and to other countries
–Read thousands of books
–Fallen in love
–Had a child
–Owned a house and a car
–Managed my own money
–Had lots of jobs in lots of different fields
–Watched my father die. Literally.
–Lived in excruciating pain for months
–Gotten drunk and used drugs
–And about a zillion other things.
I’m sure most other 33 year olds could construct a similar list. The particular items would be different, and the range of experiences might be broader or narrower, but an average 33 year old woman would be able to make a list with a significant number of like items.
How many of these types of things has the average 13-year-old girl done?
Sure, she might have done some of them, and done some similar types of things that I haven’t done, but her list would be very short. Same for the average 13 year old boy.
I’m 38 and friends with some 10 year old girls, and we certainly have some things in common. We have many similar interests and likes. We find many of the same things funny. We roll our eyes at lots of the same stuff. We like helping other people. We enjoy life and have fun and look for the good in situations, people, and things. When they’re 13, we’ll probably have additional things in common.
But compared to the things I have in common with their mothers? No comparison.