By the time your son is 11-years-old, he has entered puberty and you have likely seen lots of changes in him.
If you are raising a son who is 8-10 years old, I would like to help you prepare him for the changes he is going to experience during puberty.
No matter what the age of your adolescent, as you reflect back upon the year, there are high points and low points in your parenting. It is like you need a whole new playbook as you encounter hormone swings and changing brain function.
Although your adolescent is pushing for freedom, especially if they are a young teen, a loss of boundaries is going to make him or her feel insecure. Certainly, the boundaries must begin to change because they are not children anymore, but they still need them.
If your son is an adolescent and in the midst of puberty, you probably reflect back upon the days when he was 5-7 years old as being an easier time. He looked forward to being with you and when you had something important to explain to him, he wanted to hear it. It is surprising to most parents when their son makes the transition to adolescence. There is a noticeable change in his emotions, and his response to them.