Well thank you all.
It is comforting to know that I'm not the only 'non-understanding' parent.
As for the fashion thing, well yes that too started when he turned 11. My fault I guess by always instilling 'buy cheap buy twice'. I should add I only ever said this applying to the TAT my kids would opt to buy when going to the shops with Xmas money and trying to encourage them to but a good book or game instead. Well little did I know that my son would remind me of this constantly when trying to fit him out in 'Umbro' rather then 'Nike'.
The hair is the major issue though. Gone is the number 6 on top, 4 at the sides. I used to ask him to grow his hair but up to year 6 that was a big NO. Then suddenly year 7 and "I'm growing it mum". Great I thought. But then came the Gel the Wax, resulting in sticky hairdryer(mine)and the waiting whilst he looks in every mirror before deciding if it is the 'right look'. I try to tell him how gel should last for atleast a few weeks and not days and that it may be better to use a bit rather then half a tube. The fun really starts when I without even thinking attempt to put right the bit sticking out on top.
"mum what are you doing you've ruined it now, it's awful, you have no idea!!"
I feel scolded and guilty whilst also trying not to laugh at my young daughter who is giggling to herself.
Sj355- I did laugh at your Greece episode. We have just returned from Rhodes and funny because for the first three days my son too complained of a 'blister' on his tongue. My husband took him to the local pharmacist an it did go after a few days and I don't doubt it was real but my goodness did we know about it.
Girls-- Up to year 6 couldn't care less about them. Year 7. It apears he can't get enough of them.
He too has lots of girls texting him who apparantely are all good friends. Trouble is (and I'm sorry if this is bad but I do occassionally read his texts) I'm not sure all these girls are aware of the 'friends' thing. Infact I'm starting to think he is somewhat of a 'Casanova'
Sally-Anne--- That 'and' thing how annoying is that especialy when it comes as "yeah and".
He too is very quick to react when I enter our study and he is on the PC.
I don't know whatever happend to those gorgeous little lads who walked out of our doors last year.