By: Shannon Ralph
I have an amazing eleven year old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please—for the love of God—slow down time, my son is becoming a man before my very eyes. He is no longer the chubby little blonde boy I first fell in love with eleven years ago. He grew three inches over the summer, nearly passing me up. His new school shoes this year were a size 11. As I trip over the giant Nikes in the middle of my living room floor every day, there is no denying that he is changing. In ways both extraordinary and somewhat terrifying, my little boy is flailing towards adulthood.
My son and I are finding ourselves in a unique, transitional period right now. Not quite a teenager. Not quite a child. As we stand on the cusp of zits and body hair and raging hormones, I am beginning to think about the type of teenager I want him to be in a couple of years. And the type of man I want him to eventually become. There are so many life lessons I still want to teach him. There are so many crucial skills he needs to be a good man in a sometimes less-than-good world. Below are 10 lessons I want my son to learn before he becomes a teenager.
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