“When it comes to parenting an almost-teenage boy, you deserve to know these silly and serious truths”


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Tweens and teens can be hard work. Remember that threenager you battled with? They’ve got nothing on the tweenager stage!

This post on Babble is the bomb!  “36 things no one tells you about parenting an almost-teenage boy”

I picked out my favourite ones to share:

  • You’ll have to beg them to wash their face. More like beg them to shower, at all!
  • Bigger kids = bigger problems. Much. Much. BIGGER.
  • You’ll need to hide food or risk going hungry. Snap!
  • They’ll need you and sometimes resent you for it. Story of my life.
  • They’re good for labour and brute strength. Massive bonus.
  • They won’t tell you when they’re hurting and it’ll both hurt and scare you. I hate this part.
  •  You can’t fix everything anymore. Although you still try til it kills you.
  • They won’t need you when you think they will and will need you when you think they probably shouldn’t. What is with that dude?
  • They’re smart enough to be dangerous …
  •  … and just dumb enough to be really dangerous. OH YEAH!
  • You’ll blame yourself for every foolish mistake your kid makes. And they’ll know it. And maybe even work it to their advantage. Smarty pants
  • Their manners will become very important to you. And drive you mental!
  • You’ll get weird glimpses of the man they’ll soon become.
  •  You’ll get weird glimpses of the child they once were. and miss that tiny baby soooo bad.
  • They’re great fun to talk to when they feel like talking. Treasure those rare moments.

The most important ones….

  • They’re going to be fine. No, really.
  • You’re doing an awesome job. NO, REALLY.

Read the full list here.

Does any of this ring true to you?!

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  • So much good and not so good to look forward to. Here’s to all the Mums of Boys!


  • Oh God, I’ve got two sweet little men for now… But one is turning 9 and is starting to bring out some of these. Something to look forward to. Yay!


  • The things I can look forward to.


  • They reckon adults expect them to behave like adults but they don’t have the freedom to do what they want to do. Trouble is at that age they don’t always make wise decisions – some can be disastrous and have an negative impact on their future.


  • I’m yet to reach this stage but it will be interesting when i get there


  • Ah yes, yes, yes. This article and full list are spot on! Although different to girls the hormonal mood swings of tweenage boys was an eye opener! I do love my boys and the roller-coaster of life as a mum!


  • It is a stage that is a fair bit away for me but i think that it sounds like a bittersweet time.


  • It certainly does!


  • Lke bx


  • I have a daughter so don’t have to deal with this. But I’m sure there are fun times too


  • Paints a scary picture but i’m determined to be positive.


  • Gosh after reading this I would have to say my son is perfect.


  • It must be hard indeed. But there are surely a lot of funny moments too! :-)


  • So glad I don’t have boys – being around teenage nephews is bad enough – sooner or later they will realise that someone other than them knows something.


  • I’ve never had twin tween boys, I have had a tween boy though. They certainly do seem to come from a different planet at times


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