Remember being 11? No? For me it was an age of awakening. A time when I first realized that grownups did not have all the answers and the world was filled with flaws. In my day, much of that first wave of cynicism was informed by the only honest publication willing to speak to young people about the wool adults were trying to pull over our eyes: Mad magazine.
Today, kids can thank the modern master of parody and sarcasm, Matt Groening, for shaping their world view with The Simpsons and Futurama.
Perhaps if I had been born in the internet age, I too would have found an outlet for my 11-year-old opinions in blogging. That's what my younger son, Simon, has done with his new blog, Everything Has A Flaw.
I'm no doubt biased but I find his writing very entertaining - and sort of retroactively enlightening in the sense that reading his opinions about the shortcomings in his kid's world reminds me of where my head was at when I was 11.
Go take a look and see if you don't feel the same way (I especially think you'll enjoy his thoughts on sleepovers) - oh! and do leave a comment - Simon loves to get feedback!