My stepson Ethan will be 13 in roughly three months. I am dreading his birthday like Friday the 13th. I feel scared…13 is a teenager—I will be living under the same roof as a teenager! This fact blows my mind. I don’t know what to do! It feels so awkward and alien. He is not a child anymore and I am not familiar with anything but.
I remember my own angst filled teenage years. I know it is a prickly time. Unfortunately his mother will miss this period of his life. I am thankful that my husband is here to guide him through. I am content to remain on the sidelines.
However I have been reading up on male adolescence and puberty to prepare myself. I am trying to allay my fears and think positively. Our bio son is 9 and his time is not too far off. I am going to use this as a learning experience.