One thing that helped me cope with those early teen years was to picture Kellen's behavior like that of a rooster. Part of his becoming a young man included posturing, squawking, trying out a little aggression, strutting, etc. When I pictured it that way, it became natural and even funny (although not in a disrespectful way). Inside we could laugh, but on the outside we took him very seriously. His body and hormones were telling him that it was time to stretch his wings and see what he was made of.