I've seen a huge change in DS this year.
Ramona Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!
I'm guessing that some of this self confidence is due to looking better too--he got his braces late compared to other kids so he just got them off at the beginning of this school year.
It's more that his friends are joining the things he wants to do with him--and his BFF is a girl.
This is very encouraging. My son is in 9th grade and is slow to join stuff. So far, he does band and ultimate frisbee, but we had to twist his arm to get him to sign up for that. I'm hoping he'll take more risks next year.
Although my DS has been active in track, cross country and a few clubs at school, he surprised the heck out of us and tried out for the school play.
Those are great things to be involved in.