Teen positive thread

Kathy - posted on 09/30/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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There seem to be a lot of threads here that deal with difficulties of raising teens - but little of the joys!



so - introduce your teen. Talk about their good traits. Be positive (I know negative stuff exists - but that can be saved for any other post)



My oldest's name is Sam. Sam is 16 - almost 17. He loves his family, travel, and animals. Yesterday we went to an animal shelter to get a new dog - and he walked almost every dog there. We joked how if we lived closer he would spend all his free time and the shelter walking the dogs and he agreed! He is a bit of a nerd - last week he and his friends celebrated the Hobbit's birthday in the school cafeteria - with balloons and all. He makes good choice (no drugs, no sneaking out and is rarely disrespectful). He struggles a bit with mild ADHD - which makes him quite disorganised and he has difficulty focusing on things he does not like - but he tries hard, and is quite bright and creative. I think the ADHD has brought as make gifts as defecits.



Frankie is 13. She is intense and we have had a rough couple of year emotionally with her - but we are coming out the other side (gotta love those early teen girl hormones). She makes good marks easily in school and is quite bright. She is socially adept - something the rest of us lack! At about age 11 she decided she wanted to be a vegetarian as she did not believe in eating animals. 3 people in our family became vegetarian or very close to it afterwards - my youngest (age 9), my sister, and I. Perhaps the 3 of us would have gone vegetarian anyways, but she certainly led the pack! She is a very astute person - she can easily see others motivations, strengths and weaknesses.



Both my teens rock - they make good choices, are usually respectful (DD struggles a bit more with this) and are both upstanding morally and as citizens.

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Rhonda - posted on 10/01/2012

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I'm with you, Kathy. I have three fantastic kids. Two boys and 1 girl: 18, 16, and 12. Individually they are great, but together we have such fun together. I learn from them as much as I teach them. I respect them, as people. They make mistakes and we talk about it. I love saying positive things about my kids. I tried to make a positive parent group, but only a few would join. Glad to find another mom like me.

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Kristi - posted on 10/02/2012

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Hi ladies! I'd like jump on this braggin train!



My daughter is 13 going on 31 in many ways. She is kind and compassionate and generally puts others before herself. She is a fighter and a survivor. Her short life has not been an easy one. Many children have taken a dark path under similar circumstances. I'm so proud of the strength and courage she has shown.



We got a fresh start last May. It didn't start off the greatest but we made it through the end of the school year in a new school, in a RICH town (which we are not!), with only 1 acquaintance (who is now the BFF), then a long summer and into the 6th grade. She had the most wonderful year! She excelled in all her classes. She started taking gymnastics and is now on the team (thankful for scholarships!), she is loving the 7th grade and made the first string on the volleyball team. She has lots of friends who decided she had the best 13th birthday party ever! She is very beautiful but she doesn't "know" it.



I get a little disrespect every now and then, mostly when I'm trying to help with homework...English is all I can help with anymore! She is independent and unique. She doesn't like to follow the crowd just because...she does things on her terms and if you don't like it too bad. When I say that I'm talking about her choice in outfits, the way she wears her hair, who to be friends with, common courtesy, things like that. Oh, I just love her so much! Thank you for starting this thread and giving me a chance to brag! ; )

Kathy - posted on 10/01/2012

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Rhonda…I learn from them as well.



I have always learned from them in emotional ways, but now I find them intellectually challenging. In several areas their knowledge of subjects surpasses my own, and that is quite neat to experience.

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