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19 July 2012


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This is an issue we are grappling even now, when Joey is 10. Like any child, his emotional, social, and intellectual (and even physical) development is uneven. How do you handle a child who still watches Little Bear and wants to greet his teachers with a big hug, while he also wants to play Mario Bros to 4am, and meanwhile does high school level math? Not a big deal with me- he is who he is. But teachers in school and folks on the street are baffled.


How did Charlie handle your parents leaving? I'm assuming he did pretty well, as you didn't mention it as one of Wednesday's challenges.

I think I'm going to try melatonin on my 15-year-old boy. I've been having a dreadful time for the past year trying to get him to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. This is certainly a universal teenage-boy issue!

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@Monica, I guess we all slept better before video games....

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@Joeymom, I think a lot of these adolescent stuff started when Charlie was 10!

By 11 he seemed to be continually in a growth spurt and we saw other physical signs of puberty.

I had read that boys like ours sometimes enter puberty early and that was the case for Charlie. I often feel like it's been one hormonal-coaster since!

Charlie likes to leave his iPad on inside while we're on the lawn waiting for the bus; sometimes it's the Kinks, sometimes it's the dulcet tones of 'a dream is a wish your heart makes'....

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