The Joys of Boys… Entering the Teen Years.

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So here’s the thing… I’m a girl.  I know about girl issues, and girl problems. I know how to keep myself healthy and happy.  Both mentally and physically.  I can sympathize with any ‘tween or teen girl, as I was one once.  Only, aside from our four legged family members, I am the only girl in the house. I have a husband and two sons, and I honestly don’t know the first real thing about mens’ health.

I have to stop pretending though, you see my first born is Ben. He is 11.  I like to call him my man-child.  No longer is he the cute little boy in the family portrait below… Now he’s sporting a peachy stash and has stretch marks on his knees.  He’s 5’7”, and showing no signs of slowing down.  In the past year he has grown over 5 inches.


Red Alert!  Red Alert!  We are entering the TEEN YEARS.

That (according to my research) is at the top of the scale when it comes to how quickly boys grow.  I also know that he still has a good 8 years of growing left to do!  I’m not very far away from looking up at my ‘tween child.  When I drop him off at the homes of his friends, the parents look at me in shock… almost to question me on whether or not he really is only 11.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE comments on his height. Our last trip to the clinic, the doctor on call called him “Impressive”.

Me, I find this stage really hard.  Far harder than infant, and even toddler hood.   As a mom, I thought I had more time before he changed over to the dark side.  I thought he’d stay my happy little boy for much longer.  Now…now I’m trying to give him his space to grow (literally and figuratively) and let him develop into a man.  All while guiding him, dealing with the mood swings… (because yes, boys have them too), and pulling him away from the screens from time to time.

ben now


We have two major struggles right now, eating and sleeping. Now, the only real struggle with eating is that I need to get another job to keep him fed. He never stops eating. He leans towards junk food whenever possible – Pop and Chip addict – so I really push the healthy meals, and make sure they are provided and readily available. I try to get him to have a shake a few times a week as well. We like the Kids Chocolate ND Shakes from Orange Naturals.

ND Shakes combine just the right amount of plant protein, greens and superfruits for kids, with a delicious taste that will make them happy to drink their veggies! With a daily dose of ND Shake, kids get a built-in multivitamin that is professionally formulated for them. It contains superior nutrient forms that are highly absorbable to support their developing bodies and helps support the development of bones and teeth.

Benefitsnd shake
  • Customized multivitamin/mineral for the specific growing needs of children ages 5-12
  • 3 grams of easy-to-digest plant protein (yellow pea and brown rice)
  • 0.5 grams of fibre
  • Chock full of greens and superfruits such as with broccoli, parsley, kale and antioxidant heavyweights like acai, goji and blueberries
  • Easy and convenient way to ensure your child is getting the proper nutrients for proper physical and mental development
  • Ideal for everyone – from vegans to even the most sensitive individuals (dairy, soy, gluten, eggs and nuts free)
  • Available in delicious chocolate or vanilla flavour
  • Great tasting and smooth texture
  • Contains nothing artificial


I mentioned that sleep was an issue as well. It is actually our biggest issue right now. With the end of the school year, and the serious lack of routine his circadian clock became out of wack.  It’s similar to when our babies got their days and nights mixed up.

Ben is currently up all night, and sleeping all day.  When I was a teenage and young adult, this would happen to me a lot… so he does come by it honestly. For me to break the routine, I had to ‘pull an all nighter’.  At 11, he’s just too young to handle 24-36 hours of being awake.  So I’m ruling that out of the treatment.  And we’re going to slowly wake him up earlier and earlier over the course of a week to 10 days. Hopefully, that will get him back into a healthy sleep pattern.  And with more outdoor activity and less screen time, we should be able to get this in check before his next growth spurt.

Have you ever dealt with crazy sleep patterns in kids?



Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. sabina Edwards says:

    Oh I do remember the growing years. I’d buy up all the tiny steaks I could find when grocery shopping (back then I could find tons for about a $1 each) and when my son would get home after school he’d eat one (Adn then when I got home he’d eat his full supper too!) He seemed to need the protein and didn’t actually bulk out til he played football. Once football ended he became his skinny self again (he’s also 6ft 1)

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