If you're reading this now it can only mean one thing... my time machine works! But joking aside, I wish to bestow with you some very useful information about growing up - it sucks. Your childhood will be hard and lonely, but please take comfort in knowing that you WILL be loved. Remember your first trip to Disneyland after your parents split? The agonising forlornness you felt? It will pass, because it's good to be on your own once in a while and believe it or not, now you relish in solitude and have become more stronger and more independent because of it. A lot of things are going to hit you all at once though; the coming of two new half sisters being brought into the world, the stress of school and of course, the plight of puberty. But please trust me when I say this - these are the best years of your life.
Just to warn you though, school will be torturous, and the matter definitely won't be helped by dying your hair jet black and proclaiming to hate the world with My Chemical Romance on full blast. You'll not make a lot of friends, but the ones that'll be there from the start, will be there 'till the end. And let me assure you, MSN does not constitute an actual social life - you have to go out there and experience life for yourself! Oh and boys, there'll be plenty of them even though I know you always saw them as a cryptic foreign species, but boys will come and go, it's family and friendship that matters most.
Claire, I know you were born a worrier, but try to take it one day at a time. Life is harsh and kind all in equal measure but you definitely wouldn't be the person you are today without all the experiences you've had, remember that. Remember the days were you just used to spend hours upon hours sat on the floor doodling away on pieces of paper in desperate attempt of making your drawings come to life? Well, I'll let you in on a little secret - you continue to pursue art and illustration and design when you're older and you love it.
There are some things that'll never change though, so let me prepare you... You're still going to adore Pokemon and habitually queue outside a store awaiting the new game like you did when you were a kid. You're still going to be a massive worrier and let the little things get to you, but this is what makes you who you are, accept it, embrace it, you'll be okay. That excitement of eating a kinder egg will always resonate with you but shhh, we won't tell anyone!