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1/25/13 11:51 P

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Thanks Susan!

This was definitely a trying parenting week. 17 year old in more legal trouble and deeming me "the worst mother on mother earth". 14 year old disrespected a teacher, which is totally out of his character. 10 year old and I butting heads about the way he treats his sister. And my little princess living up to those terrible two's, except she turned 3 on Tuesday.

In all of this I forgot about me again and realized I haven't exercised since Sunday! Now with the rain I can't do my favorite walk/jog so I have to make myself do something inside. So hard with the couch right there! LOL

~Letticia

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1/25/13 9:56 A

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New to this group - I have a 14 yr old and a 9 yr old, both boys. And while the 14 yr old can be affectionate, his standard behavior these days is to find some corner of the house by himself and ignore us all. Which is kinda frustrating and kinda sad, but I keep trying to remember this is normal, he's got to separate from us.

Also, read this great quote a few weeks ago (and can't find it!), but the idea was - Raising kids is like building a boat in your basement. It should be floating on the water when it's done, if it's still in the basement you've done it wrong. (not to cast aspersions on parents with adult kids living with them - it's just the concept rang true with me).

I do try to meet him where he's at - occasionally he wants to tell me about some great new video game he's discovered, and I try to stop whatever "important" stuff I'm doing and focus in on showing interest.

In any case, best of luck - I think like all difficult parenting points, this too shall pass. And you're certainly not alone!

-Susan



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1/17/13 2:13 P

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emoticon emoticon Jennifer! Time to get back to you! emoticon

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1/17/13 10:09 A

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Hey there! My name is Jennifer and I have a 13 year old daughter and a 7 year old daughter. they are the love of my life! I am trying to focus on myself for the first time ever and get off 50 lbs this year. now that my kids aren't little anymore and (should) be a bit more self autonomous, I am hoping to squeeze in some mommy time for exercise.

I have to admit, I am having a hard time transitioning from a world of little ones. I just stepped down after 8 years of being a program director for "Moms in Ministry", my whole world has been wrapped around little ones for many years. I am feeling out of my element with big kids!

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12/7/12 2:51 P

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I have four kids, also. The girls are 17 and 16, while the boys are 14 and 12. We do quite a bit together. My 14 year old has become a little more aloof, but will still give me a kiss. The oldest and youngest have always been the most affectionate. My 16 year old daughter has always liked to be with me, but just isn't as "touchy-feely."

They all seemed to go through a stage where they were trying to be more independent, but they came around. Some of it is just their personality, but I just "take what I can get." I always make sure they know I love them and tell them; even when they don't want to hear it!

Hang in there!

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11/27/12 1:47 P

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Hi Sincerely that sounds about right...I have a 14&13 yr old at home and they just don't care anymore...which makes it difficult for me but I try not to take it personally most times and always remember that I love them....and that gets me through......I can't imagine having four at home in those age ranges....you have your hands full....well anyway we're here if you need us

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11/27/12 9:38 A

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Hi! I am a wife and mother of four. Three boys ages 17, 13, & 9. My baby girl is 2. From birth to age 10 they are angels, 11 on they act as if they don't even know me anymore. Support, advice, or just Ann ear would be greatly appreciated! emoticon

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