All posts tagged: pre-teen boys

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

There’s the Elf on the Shelf.  And now for preteen boys and girls, there is Bork for the boys.  And Corky for the girls. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for kids ages 9-13. Check it out on Amazon for your son or your daughter.  Or find it on Grab it now to tuck it in the stocking.  You’ll be glad you did.  It’s the funny, helpful, long-lasting gift for your kids  — and you. It’s never too early to “put it on the shelf,” for that inevitable moment when “those questions” will come.

Pre-Teen Boys . . . Comparing Themselves to Others

Don’t we want our kids to be happy with themselves just the way they are? Aren’t we just a little disheartened when we see them comparing themselves to others . . . and worse yet, feeling that they don’t measure up? We all compare ourselves to others. Sometimes we adults are the biggest culprits. It’s simply human nature. Yet as we watch our teens do it, we want to steer them the other way. As Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” As our kids develop and step on the fast track of puberty, they are always looking around: Who’s taller? Who’s faster? Who’s developing first — and why is it me? Or not me? Have you ever thought of the Paradox of Pre-Teens? It is this. They all want to be uniquely THE SAME. As much as our pre-teens strive for unique independence, they want to seamlessly fit in. It’s the nature of the beast. Boys at this age are often pre-occupied with when and how they will experience the changes …

Changes in Your Pre-Teen Son

Notice any changes in your pre-teen son, lately?  Sleeping later than ever?  Still awake at his “regular” bedtime?  I don’t know about you, but these days, my son is tucking me in . . . because he’s still awake with no impending fatigue in sight.  You know, it’s all about the hormones. Yeah, really, even the sleep thing is about the hormones. There is a physiological base to his shifting sleep patterns. The bodies of our dear and precious adolescents typically release melatonin (the hormone that induces sleep) from about 11 pm to 8 am each day (“Wake-Up Calls for High Schools,” Boston Globe, 5/03).  That’s several hours after our adult melatonin kicks in. (Go figure! No surprise on that one; I can see your droopy eyes from here.) So what else does puberty have in store for you and your not-so-little guy? Find out in my upcoming posts.