My middle child turned twelve yesterday. Twelve. Nearly a teenager. But not yet.

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He will still hold my hand. He will still hug me. He will still say he loves me. Even in public. I guess I should make the most of it before the hormones kick in!

I love this age. In fact the whole tween bit is ace. He is such good company – clever, interesting. He is undemanding and thoughtful.

He is hard on himself sometimes – while very bright, organisation doesn’t come easy to him and he can be overly down on himself if something gets forgotten.

I remind him that nobody is perfect at everything and that now he knows what he needs to work on he can hopefully find some strategies to improve his skills. Equally I remind him of all the things he excels at and just how lovely he is. And when he is too tough on himself I tell him off, saying I wouldn’t let anyone else speak about him like that, so I am certainly not going to let him speak about himself so negatively either.

He writes beautifully – poems, stories, even novels. He made me a poetry collection for my birthday and I will always treasure it.

He is a games master, a huge Nintendo fan. He creates his own games on scratch, draws brilliant gaming art and writes adventure books around his favourite characters. He even has a comic strip that he creates new editions of to share with his mates.

He is a smashing kid and I love him to bits.

Happy Birthday Max xxx



  1. October 21, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    He sounds gorgeous! So glad he is still holding your hand. Mine is 10 and still does that too – am wondering how long it lasts, as I love it! Happy birthday 🙂

  2. October 21, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Happy birthday to Max! I hope he had a great birthday. It’s true, twelve is such an interesitng age. I wrote a poem for my sister when she turned twelve (I am two years older than her) about the “big kid” things being twelve meant. Mostly that you had to pay adult prices in transportation and for adventure parks.
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  3. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    October 21, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Aww happy birthday Max! He sounds like a sensitive and expressive kid – perhaps a cool dude?! I say that because he sounds just like my boy and he’s a dude too! Boys are ace aren’t they? x

  4. October 21, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    He sounds like a great kid, enjoy the moments you still have together, as you say, too soon it will all be about friends and teenage drama :-).xx
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  5. October 22, 2015 / 9:10 am

    What a lovely post! He sounds like a lovely boy and a son to be proud of. (Strangely, he sounds almost the complete opposite to my 12 year old, but still equally lovely! My boy doesn’t do writing or drawing.)
    I too am hanging on to ‘not a teenager yet’ for as long as I possibly can! They’re not acting like teenagers, so let’s not bring the word up, eh? Let’s just enjoy them as they are!
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  6. October 25, 2015 / 11:58 am

    He sounds like such a lovely boy! I hope my 6-year old is still holding my hand when he turns 12. Gorgeous post!

  7. October 26, 2015 / 5:49 am

    He sounds like he is a real credit to you. My very nearly 12-year-old is a lovely boy too although he wouldn’t hold my hand … ever! I love that he wrote you poems for your birthday, he sounds like a wonderful young man
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  8. October 26, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Ooh happy birthday Max, I hope he had a great day. It must be wonderful to have a twelve year old although POD is already growing up way too fast! She’ll be five on Christmas Day *gulp*

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