Happy birthday, 13 year old boy!

Well, we have another teenager in the house!

My beautiful boy, my amazing young son, you are 13 today.

Looking back at photos from the last year, I realise you’ve grown and matured a lot in the last year. You’re not at the scary turning-into-a-man thing your brother has just been through, but I guess it’s not too far off. You’re very nearly as tall as me now.

You’re still loving school. You’re getting on well there and you’ve made lots of friends. I’m surprised at how little homework you do, though. I suspect you’re only doing the bare minimum, but at least you are doing it. I’ve also been surprised at how ridiculously disorganised you are – forgotten PE kit, forgotten homework, forgotten guitar, forgotten guitar lesson (a particular bugbear of mine as those lessons are expensive), the list goes on… I know I shouldn’t take the forgotten item to you, I know you should take the consequences, but I still do.

Sadly, your old football team, the one you’d always played for, the one coached by your dad, finished at the end of the season. But you’ve joined a new team and it already feels like you’ve played for them forever. It’s great that your two best friends from your old team were able to move with you. You’re averaging two goals a game and your team are top of the league at the moment, so we couldn’t ask for a better start for you.

You’re playing football twice a week and rugby three times a week (with games lessons, practice and matches). Making sure you’ve always got a clean kit can be a bit of a challenge at times. This year I’m pleased to say you’ve got a bit more into Parkrun like the rest of us, too. Although no Parkrun for you in the autumn because of all the Saturday morning rugby matches.

You’ve got a lovely bond with your sister (there has been an awful lot of ‘dabbing’ in recent months) and the two of you really seem to come alive when your brother is out. Sadly, the bond between you and your brother isn’t what it once was, but I really hope that comes back when you’re both through the difficult teenage years.

Son, Birthday, Brother, Sister, Teenager

The way you were – aged 4 and 2

Talking of which, I have high hopes for your teenage years. Your brother is the textbook teenager, although fundamentally a good boy. Your school has a very different culture to his and I think some of the worst aspects of teenage behaviour shouldn’t happen because it’s just not the way people at your school behave. I’m sure there will still be some very long lie-ins and some untidy bedrooms and bathrooms though (your bedroom has always been untidy anyway).

This has been the year of Pokemon Go for you. That little game has got you out of your room and into the fresh air. It’s helped get you away from the Xbox and all the other games you used to play, like Clash of Clans. It has got you fit and may even have corrected your long-term achilles problem. It has been brilliant for you.

You’ve had another great year and you’re still a son to be proud of. Long may it continue!

Happy birthday, my lovely 13 year old boy.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Happy birthday to your boy too! Such a lovely post and I hope you all have a lovely day

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    • Thanks very much! We really did have a lovely day 🙂

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  2. Happy birthday to your boy!
    I do love the photo you used of him with (I assume) his sister. Very cute.
    We’re not quite at the teenage years yet but there are flashes which I can relate to your post. It’s a difficult time for them, moving school, changes and them just growing up, but it sounds like he’s on track to do well with his sports and other things.

    Enjoy the birthday celebrations!

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    • Thanks very much! Yes, it’s definitely his sister – I think they look almost identical in this picture!
      It is a difficult time and with one still to enter her teen years, I’m sure we’ve got a long and rocky road to come! At least we’re getting practise with my eldest to help us with the others!

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    • Thanks very much. He had a lovely day 🙂

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  3. Aww he sounds like such a lovely boy. A big Happy Birthday to him!! Hope you all have a brilliant day x

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    • Thanks very much! He really is a lovely boy. After two days of being a teenager he’s still lovely 😉 x

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  4. Happy birthday to your second big boy!! I see the relationships between my 3 girls change all the time. The dynamics of three children is fascinating. Your two boys will find each other again soon enough. Xx

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so! They were always so close when they were little. They will spend short periods of time just chatting, but then somehow will manage to wind each other up 🙁 x

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  5. Oh that’s such a lovely post, you must be very proud of him Sarah. I hope he has a lovely birthday and doesn’t become a typical teenager over night 😉

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    • Thanks very much. I’m very proud of him! I’m pleased to say he didn’t ‘do a Kevin and Perry’ and transform overnight. After two days of being a teenager, he’s still being his lovely self! x

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  6. Aww what a lovely post. Happy birthday to your boy. Hope he has the best day xx

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    • Thanks very much! He had a lovely day. x

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  7. Two goals a game? Amazing! Lovely post for a lovely boy. He’ll love to read this one day. x x

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    • Thanks very much, I hope he will! Yes, he’s scored two goals every game, apart from the game with a hat trick and the game where he scored just one goal (to balance out the hat trick!). x

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  8. Happy teenage years to him! Lots of dabbing and messy bedrooms sounds familiar!

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    • Thank you! It’s remarkable how similar teenagers are!

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  9. Ah what a lovely post Sarah and happy birthday to your boy. Nice to read he has a great bond with his sister, I really wish mine were closer. 2 goals per game is incredible and glad he has settled into his new team. Eek 2 teenagers in the same house, I hope you have lots of Green and Blacks to see you through x

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    • Thanks very much! I’m so glad he’s close to his sister, as she can’t stand her biggest brother (and he can’t stand her!). I hope the boys will become friends again at some point.
      I’m pleased to say that after nearly a week of being a teenager, he is still lovely! Long may it continue! x

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