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Shopping for shoes is my least favourite part of the annual back-to-school preparation.

And now my eldest is turning into a teenager, this might become an ordeal we have to endure each term because he is growing up so quickly.

He's almost as tall as me, his feet a size bigger, and his voice is doing that cracked, broken wavery thing when he laughs.

I've been nervous about the teenage years, but I'm so proud that while my son likes computer games and texting his friends, he still loves to read a book and can be persuaded to give his mum and dad a hug.

I'm trying to convince him to cook a meal for the whole family, but that might require a bit more work.

Teenagers get a bad rap - but while we are still a few months away from his 13th birthday, the signs so far are good.

Having said all that, I think I turned from angel to grumbler overnight on my 13th birthday, so I'll stay open-minded.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2014
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