For them, this usually means no more smart clothes. The Gap is officially out, and sometimes they will accept American Eagle clothes. Nike and Converse are always acceptable brands for sneakers. The styles and colors may look strange to you, but these clothes are the accepted uniform for the age group.
Gaming system. Our kids are absolutely obsessed with their cool gadgets. Even before they get one, your kid will know which one is cooler in his crowd, the PS4 or the X-Box one. Don't even try to reason with him once he is set on a gaming system. If all his friends love PS4s, then it's a pretty fair bet that he will too. Same for the X-Box one. Kids love to talk about and socialize around their video games, and it all starts with the right gaming system.
iPod. They love their music and will definitely want an iPod. You can choose from a variety of cool colors and models. A few years ago, they only had a Shuffle and a Nano, but today there are a lot more choices, and most can hold more songs than they've ever even heard of. Kids also love to accessorize their iPods with cool cases, ear buds, and docking stations.
Cellphone with Texting Plan. Once your kids reach their tweens and teens, they will need a cellphone and texting plan. Today's generation of kids don't talk or use landlines- they text. You can shout and pull your hair out, or save your sanity by just accepting it. Hey, you can even learn to text so you can communicate with your kid! There are tons of mobile phones and plans to choose from, so do a little research to find the best fit for your kid. The phone doesn't usually have to be too fancy, but it does need to have the ability to text.
Electric Scooters. Bikes are ok for off road adventures, but cool kids love to zip around the neighborhood on electric scooters. When they are properly hooked up, they will receive a text to get to Nick's house for a game tournament on the PS4. Before you even have time to ask what the heck is, they will be out the door and on their electric scooter to join in the fun.