I often read mom blogs who are dealing with one, maybe two, children who are in their toddler years, and how difficult it can be. I can’t help but chuckle at them because they have no clue what’s coming. Hahaha! I huff-and-puff about raising one child in the middle of puberty and two small kids who are in their terrible two’s, and I’m tellin’ ya here first, wrangling a three year old ain’t nothing compared to raising a teenager. Teenagers are argumentative, emotional, sneaky, and are constantly seeking that line between independence and ticking off their parents.
(I told my friend once to imagine it and she told me she didn’t want to. I can’t blame her.)
We heard the first sounds of puberty a couple of weeks ago, i.e., his voice is cracking.
He is also changing in a lot of other ways, too. His facial hair is darkening above his lip, he has hit a growth spurt and is nearly as tall as I am. He eats his weight in food every single day, often eating more than my grown husband! Seriously, this kid creates mountains out of his mashed potatoes. His foot is the same size as mine, and I wear an 8. He is becoming a bit more self conscious about his appearance and his odor. (hallelujah!) He is finally taking showers on his own accord. He told me that he could smell himself and that it wasn’t pleasant. Cracked me up. He is also in that,-- I must sleep for 16 straight hours,-- sleeping phase. Remember that? I don’t think it ever left me. Ha!
There are many things I’ve forgotten about, concerning puberty, and there are plenty of awkward conversations to look forward to in the near future. But there is a bestselling book that has seemed to help him understand a little more about what his body is going through. It’s a book that is really, really, really, easy for him to understand and makes him feel confident that everything he is experiencing is normal! Plus, he can better understand all of our corny puberty jokes that we make him endure all the time.
If you’re interested in the book, it’s called The Boy’s Body Book, and it’s for ages 9 and up.