At an age when a lot of kids begin to struggle with self-confidence, I think I’m beginning to see my tween come into his own. Sure, it’s awkward at times, there are braces, pimples, and the vertical challenges of being the shortest (and youngest) kid in the entire 6th grade class, but son’s developing what looks an awful lot like a true sense of self.
Boy Wonder’s always been the kind of kid who was all up in his head, thinking about people’s behaviors, watching, and wondering. Could it be that all this observation has somehow helped guide his character development? It’s hard to know, but witnessing his transformation from shy kid to confident tween has been both weird and wonderful. It warms my heart about a billion degrees to report that he likes the person he’s becoming and what’s even better is that I like him too.
My son is growing up to be a person that I want to be around and not just because he’s my kid. Isn’t that just the most incredible thing, enjoying your children as more than merely an extension of yourself? I only wish someone told me long ago that I’d have this experience to look forward to.