I'm here for the first time.
Yes they are! LOL
Ok not what you wanted to hear hey? My girls turned 9 in May and both have hit some annoying attitudes in the last month or so. Ashley cries at the drop of a hat, about anything, you can't talk to her at all without her bursting into tears and then arguing with everything I say. It can be good or bad but she has to have some sort of comeback lately.
Her sister has attitude - the word "No" is coming out of her mouth far to often lately. She is fine and then all of a sudden she has a major attitude with one of us. Mainly her sister but that in turn comes to us when we try to intervene in the situation.
I am thinking it is a combination of hormones starting up, summer ending and a new school year starting on Tuesday. I know they are both excited to go back but also very nervous because 4th grade is a big step. It is no longer "elementary" school but "intermediate" school (although still at the elementary (K-6) and is much more school & work focused and that scares them a bit.
I have tried a lot of patience and talking, some time outs and some punishments. I am giving them a bit of slack this next week as school starts up but if these attitudes persist we will deal with it in a much different manner. For the most part they are really well behaved, but man when that attitude starts in - ugh I dread my twin teen years
So hang in there and keep reinforcing the good and talking about the bad. I wish I had more advice but there are other people here who always offer great advice!