I am a little thrown off -- okay, maybe a lot -- by the changes that have occurred in my daughter since she turned 8 (about six months ago). At her 8th birthday, she was still my little girl. Since then, everything that was a favorite before is taboo now. Barbies, butterflies, the color pink ... Most of her wardrobe is too childish for her now. I realize all that was bound to happen, but it seemed to all happen overnight. The more jarring change is in her self-assurance. She is no longer confident enough to just freely like what she likes. If her friends don't like something, she can't either. And she is so easily embarrassed, it's hard to have a conversation in front of anyone.
Of course, there are other factors to figure in, and more than likely, they are as much responsible for the changes as anything. But I have a 10-year-old son who did not change so drastically at that age. So I'm wondering, have you seen this change in your child? If so, at what age? Is it her gender coupled with the age? Or should I just chalk this up to her personality?