By: Shannon Ralph
I adore my son. I love him with all my heart. I do, however, find myself sometimes marveling at the unparalleled anomaly that is a 12-year-old boy. Not yet a teen. No longer a little kid. My son is taller than me. Hairier. His feet are huge. His socks smell. He’s opinionated. He’s silly. He’s thoughtful and introspective. He is incredibly sensitive. I have to be careful what I say to him as he can get his feelings hurt easily. He’s messy. Disorganized. His bedroom (and his backpack) are a cluttered mess. His hygiene often leaves something to be desired.
Parenting a 12-year-old boy can be a daunting task. He’s changing every single day. Growing into a man before my very eyes. As I sit here watching him lounge—his humungous size 12 feet hanging off the edge of the couch—I am struck by the fact that there really should be a manual or a rulebook of some sort to prepare parents for the often surprising task of raising an almost-teenaged boy. Since no such rulebook exists, I thought I would share some of the unwritten rules I have discovered (at my own peril) in recent months.
Below are my 12 Commandments for Parenting a 12-Year-Old Boy:
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