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I have two fantastic twin sons, Shaun and Jared. They are the youngest in the family and are taking their time to develop all interests outside of gaming. Lol!
So many moms of sons who also have daughters have assured me that boys will eventually mature but that it might take a little bit longer than their older sisters. I think they are right!
Pictured from Left to Right: Jayda, Shaun, Jared, and Anaya
"The rational part of a teen's brain isn't fully developed and won't be until age 25 or so." -Rochester Medical Center.
Many have held that birth order definitely impacts behavior, especially if boys are birthed after their sisters. My sons, Shaun and Jared, don't mind their sister's bright lights. In fact, they like the fact that the attention is not on them so they can hide in the shadows.
But they forget that I see them trying to hide and remind them that they have their own light to shine--so no hiding allowed!
To help assist in their growth and personal development, I had Shaun and Jared apply to an all-boy summer intensive computer science camp called "All-Star Code." And they both received an acceptance email! The email stated, "The admissions process this year has been highly competitive, and we are so happy that we're able to deliver this good news! Your application stood out from the rest for its self-reflection, its enthusiasm, and for how you demonstrated your willingness to take risks and embrace failure."
For two months, they spent hours learning Java, how to build a website, and other really excellent computer science skills. They both rose to the occasion, and I didn't even have to remind them to attend the class. They were early to class and responsible for actually completing all homework.
Honestly, I was really impressed with their personal drive. During the school year, I regularly feel like I have to drag them along and pull their teeth to complete a task. But praise God, I saw some tremendous growth this summer! The seeds are starting to germinate, and I see they are headed in the right direction.
On the last day of camp, the boys presented their project, a website informing constituents about their app, "HairWise." They had their presentation down and executed flawlessly. Truth be told, when they put on their dad's suit coat--they didn't even recognize themselves.
I loved seeing the pride on their faces, and they loved looking so professional. Shaun even added glasses for the extra effect! Lol!
So if you are a homeschool parent of teen sons who seem like late bloomers compared to their sisters, I encourage you to take a deep breathe and relax! Even though there are moments when you question if they will ever mature, remember they are steadily changing daily.
Keep loving, encouraging, and correcting them; you'll see the slow and steady growth you've been waiting for.
Watch Shaun & Jared's Full Presentation Below:
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I have been a homeschool educator since 2008. Here I blog about our educational experience and hope you can learn something from our journey.