My son just turned 12, and it seems like everything has changed. He's got a lot of sass all of a sudden, and he's throwing “meh” out there too much. He's acting like he knows everything and I know nothing, which is truly irritating. I think I knew this would happen, but it has still surprised me. Lately, I've been feeling like he's not even mine, if you know what I mean. So here's 3 reasons I think my son might be an alien:
He can do this
I have never been as good at anything as he is at swimming. I walk into walls in the home I have lived in for 9 years all. the. time. I swear, they come out of nowhere! And for the record, my husband is just as clumsy. We truly have no idea where our son's athletic ability comes from. He's been working just as hard at tae kwon do and is about to earn his black belt. It is very impressive to me.
He's a boy
I grew up in a home with two sisters and a mom. Lots of 70s and 80s girl stuff (Strawberry Shortcake! Cabbage Patch Kids!), lots of emotions, and lots of “being on the same cycle.” I was okay with the new-to-me baby boy stuff (I learned that lesson early–point it down in the diaper). I was teased by my husband by potty training our son sitting down (like Mommy does it). But where we're headed in the teen years? Ugh. I have no experience with it. I'm not looking forward to it. I hear it's gross and uncomfortable for everyone involved.
He's an extrovert
My son has always been super-social. I remember he would chat up strangers back when he was in the stroller. He's always preferred playgroups and playdates to being alone. He can't read a book without simultaneously discussing it. Even jigsaw puzzles and solitaire are exhibitions to him. I'm hoping his extrovert tendencies serve him well in middle school (which he just started last week). Both my husband and I were very uncomfortable during those tumultuous years, and we've been nervous about the transition. But our son is so different than us, I have to think he'll have a different (better) experience.
Weigh in, moms of tween/teen boys, is what I'm feeling normal?
What am I in for?