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What's it like to be 12 today? These preteens cover it all.

"I miss being able to get away with things."

What's it like to be 12 today? These preteens cover it all.

Things get weird when you're 12.

The world gets a bit bigger, your opinions become a bit more defined. And your body? Well, your body is an entire story on its own. So many changes!

WNYC has been busy capturing what the life of a 12-year-old sounds, looks, and feels like in today's society in a super-entertaining series called "Being 12."


Here's a fun look at some of the kids they met up with in New York City. (Excuse me — "mature kids.")

They talk about confidence...

...and pressure.

They talk about dating...

...or not.

They talk about fears...

...and annoying chores.

They talk about their dreams...

...that sometimes feature Beyoncé.

Umm yes. Can I come?

And so much more.

Kids are the best. They're our future!

They will become our teachers, bakers, pop stars, doctors, politicians — you name it. And in our super-connected and diverse world, it's going to be so fascinating to watch them grow.


Is this called the "I'm 12" shake?

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This story was originally shared on Capital One.

Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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4-year-old New Zealand boy and police share toys.

Sometimes the adorableness of small children is almost too much to take.

According to the New Zealand Police, a 4-year-old called the country's emergency number to report that he had some toys for them—and that's only the first cute thing to happen in this story.

After calling 111 (the New Zealand equivalent to 911), the preschooler told the "police lady" who answered the call that he had some toys for her. "Come over and see them!" he said to her.

The dispatcher asked where he was, and then the boy's father picked up. He explained that the kids' mother was sick and the boy had made the call while he was attending to the other child. After confirming that there was no emergency—all in a remarkably calm exchange—the call was ended. The whole exchange was so sweet and innocent.

But then it went to another level of wholesome. The dispatcher put out a call to the police units asking if anyone was available to go look at the 4-year-old's toys. And an officer responded in the affirmative as if this were a totally normal occurrence.

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