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Lauri - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi All,

I'm 43. I have a 23 yo daughter, a 17 yo son, a 4 yo son and a 9 mo old daughter. Quite the spread. The last 4 years have been a bit tough with my teen son. Last year I could clearly see how much 16 yo's are like 3 yo's with them both in the house at the same time. Just itching to do it "all by myself" but not quite ready.



When my son turned 13 I wondered who this stranger was in my house and where my son went. It is just now starting to get better but there are still times I want to set his hair on fire.



A few weeks ago I had taken his cell away until grades improved. I went to get it from the hiding spot and found a 'display dummy' phone. He'd gone to the phone store, gotten an old display phone and swapped it out.... the day before I was ready to give it back to him (figured that out by the recent call menu).



There have been times I want to say to him, "Can you just TRY not to get caught." But then that makes me wonder about the things I don't know about.



I have one year left with him though, and I know I'm really going to miss him when he moves out. This keeps things in perspective.



My mom was the oldest of 6 kids and emphatically told me how bad the built in babysitter attitude is. So he sits for us occasionally for short periods of time and gets paid. My daughter on the other hand, only lives a couple miles away and LOVES to babysit.



I look forward to getting to know you all!

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Lauri - posted on 11/04/2008

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Hi Ilene, my 4 year old is fairly easy going, but my 9 month old is already showing signs of a spit fire in the making. I'm hoping to retire from the 24/7 job by the time I'm 60.



Hi Laura,

The US book club is going to be discussing t.t. wife towards the end of this month.

Ilene - posted on 11/04/2008

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Hi everyone!! I am new here also. My daughter is 18, sons are 12 and 5!! Obviously, i am dealing with all different kinds of things since their ages are all over the book. My daughter went thru the not going to school thing plus other headaches!! She thank god has stopped all that and is now trying to STILL clean up the mess!

My 12 yr old is my easy one. Has the heart of gold and has a great personality! So far no problems. My little one is a handful!!! Love him to death but he is 24/7!!!! Have a feeling he will be the next one to worry about!! LOL!

I too was a youg mom. I just turned 38 and my oldest is 18!!! Like i tell everyone..MY STORE IS CLOSED!!!!!!! OUT OF BUSINESS!!!

Lauri - posted on 10/31/2008

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Ann, the American Wife was very good. It dragged a bit toward the end. It was so plausible there were times I forgot it was fiction. I started Rodanthe and so far it is good but I'm going to read Time Traveler's Wife first.



Hi Avril! Welcome. My aunt has a theory that teens are so difficult so that we'll be grateful when they're ready to leave the nest!

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Hi Lauri and Ann,



I am new, just joined this group today.



Its nice to finally see people my age with grown kids and not just lo's, doesnt make me look so bad, if you know what i mean.



I am 38 and I have a 17yr old son, he has just gone for his first interview, so hopefully fingers crossed he will get the job. I have to admit he doesnt give me any trouble at all, yeah he has his moments but overall is a really good lad.



I have a 13yr old daughter, now her on the other hand is all hormones lol she makes up for our son been quiet, well we all know what girls are like, think they know everything from fashion to relationships to make up, when in fact they know nothing lol.



Love them both to bits though.

Ann - posted on 10/30/2008

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I think I will read the Time Traveler's Wife. I just started The Virtuous Women ~ it was an Oprah book ~ I'm trying to catch up with some that I've missed...

How was the American Wife? It is on my "to read" list.

Lauri - posted on 10/30/2008

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I know about the anger... then I tell myself, he's a teenager, its his job to make me do my job. lol 12... so just when you get over one teenage angst you get to start another. I'm just hoping I get past menopause before the next one hits 13. I noticed that you joined the book club... are you going to read the Time Traveler's Wife?

Ann - posted on 10/30/2008

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Hi Lauri!

I am new, too. My son is also 17 and I totally understand the "wanting to set his hair on fire"!! lol I keep telling him "my job is to keep you alive until college". He, too, gets caught at everything he does (at least a lot of what he does). I just don't know how angry I am supposed to be with him for things I did at his age. It's hard to find a balance.



I am 39....it sounds like we both did that "young mom" thing. I'm DONE, though!! NO MORE BABIES for me!! I also have a 12 yr. old boy who isn't giving me a headache yet!

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