Friday, October 28, 2011

My Teenage Son

Did you notice that my weekend pics did not include any of my favorite teenage son, Paul?

He has been doing lots of this lately,

which resulted in this:

I'll save his pride and not post his picture, but he did a faceplant at the skate park.  Not pretty. 

Let's just say he looks all boy right now.  Luckily, he's healing up fine and nothing is broken.  He did finagle his way out of two days of school, so I think it was worth it for him!

This gave him lots of time with his best friend, his new cell phone, which he got for his birthday.

We celebrated up at the cabin, but I forgot the cake, so I had to get creative:

It's amazing what one can do with Oreo cookies, pudding snacks, marshmallows and candles.  Luckily, my laid-back boy didn't mind.

Boys are such a blast!  I love my boys and they always love their mama, even when they are teenagers! 

Paul is kick-in-the-pants funny, he is our social butterfly, a sports nut, a fisherman, a midnight cupboard raider, and an entertainer.  He is also a lover of giant ice cream cones. 

On e-How I recently saw a post on How to Understand Your Teenage Son.  Great advice! 


1 Make sure your son sees your emotions as they relate to him: love, approval, disapproval, happiness or encouragement. While his face may not betray any emotion, he does seek it from you.

2 Observe his sleeping and eating patterns. Many teenage boys overbook themselves with sports, school, work and a social life and do not get enough sleep. After infancy, this is the time of life when they need the most sleep.

3 Remember he is not a younger version of his father. He is not yet an adult. The teenage brain is not fully formed until late teen years and sometimes into the early twenties.

4 Communicate at the right time. Think about the times you had a good conversation, and look for trends. It might be in the car, after dinner, after school or in the flush of a team victory-not first thing in the morning.

5 Set boundaries. Teenage boys may chafe at rules, but they actually do need them and want them. Make sure they understand the boundaries, and emphasize safety and the law as reasons if your son challenges you.

6 Learn about the things that interest him. Television shows about wrestling or thriller movies may not be your thing, but they are his world. If nothing else, it gives you an opening topic of conversation.

7 Look at the world he lives in. He is working through his place in the world, trying to understand girls for the first time and dealing with school and other pressures. It's a lot to carry around.

Read more: How to Understand A Teenage Son"

I love you Paul!  You add so much joy to our family and our lives!  You are truly a blessing and you are forever loved!  Keep smiling--and keep wearing your helmet!

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