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Brayden Teen Summary: 13.5 Years Old. Teen summary, development, and schedule information.
This is a summary for Brayden from 13 years old to 13 1/2 years old. Here is a summary of how things have been for him lately.
Eating is still a main event for this teenage boy. He loves food, loves to eat, and can’t seem to get enough.
Growth is still happening at a rapid rate. I don’t personally notice it as much since he passed me up. Once you are taller, you are just taller. When he was under my height, it was very obvious he was creeping up on me. Now he is just taller.
His voice is right in the thick of changing. Last time, I talked about how it had gotten deeper but hadn’t had a lot of cracking. He has had a lot more cracking in the last few months. From what I read, the voice change only takes place over a few months, but Brayden’s voice has definitely been deepening over the last 6 months and is still going. It hasn’t been in the stage of cracking for 6 months, but it has been changing for 6 months.
Sleeping is great. Brayden manages himself for sleep. We have a time everyone must be in their rooms. Brayden is old enough and responsible enough we allow him to decide when exactly to get in bed. He sets an alarm for himself to get up in the morning. He isn’t a sleepy teenager. He has always been low sleep needs, and so far that has held true for teenage life. If he is up late on a weekend, the latest he sleeps in the next day is 8 AM. I will be interested to see if that holds through his teen years. Let me say that this is a huge perk of having a low sleep needs child. They are hard as babies, but they are so much easier as teens!
Piano is going very well for Brayden. He is improving very rapidly. His technique, understanding of theory, and musicianship have all improved so much. He played a piano solo in church a few weeks ago and it was really great. He kept his tempo even and played with feeling. It is very typical to speed a tempo up when you get nervous.
This fall, Brayden reffed both rec and competitive soccer. One day, he got asked to ref a premier level girls team one year older than he is. Premier level is the highest you can get in the state. So the teams and fans were intense. When he got there, the center ref didn’t show up. The other sideline ref was a girl and she was not about to step into the center. He did it. It was a very intense game for him and it was emotionally draining. Fortunately, he had a couple of rec games right after that reffing 6 and 7 year olds. That was good to have something simple after such an intense game. Get back on the horse as they say!
Reffing has been such a good growing experience for him. It is good for children to learn to deal with conflict and to stand up for themselves amid criticism. In life, we are criticized so much. It is good to learn how to take that, reflect on it, learn from what was valid and ignore what wasn’t.
Brayden participated in his school musical at the middle school this fall. They did Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. He had a lot of fun playing the role of grandpa. It is tied for his favorite role ever so far. You can see some clips in the slideshow above.
School is going great. Brayden has so far gotten straight A’s in his schooling career. I hear nothing but positive feedback from his teachers. He is very responsible for himself and his school work. I can’t stress enough how worth it it is to let your child fail some in elementary school and learn to take personal responsibly. I can’t imagine trying to stay on top of his 6 classes for him on top of everything else that goes on in life.
Speaking of responsible, Brayden is also very good about just getting his chores done without being asked. He will also just go out and mow the lawn or shovel the driveway when he sees those things need to be done.
Here is the full list of what Brayden participated in this Fall:
- Piano lessons
- Swim team
You may remember that Brayden took over as Brinley’s piano teacher this summer. They took this Fall off. She didn’t take the summer off at all, and with her playing soccer, him reffing soccer, and him doing the musical, it was good to take a little break.
7AM–Head to school
3PM–Get home from school
Free time, family time, dinner, swim team, activities, etc.
8:30-9:00PM–In his room for bedtime