Today is a special day in our life because my son was born 17 years ago today - we love birthdays and celebrating, and on his birthday I can't help always think of the day he was born and the feelings I felt on that day - excitement, nervousness, anticipation.

Being a teenager, he is at the age where all we get out of him are a lot of grunts and back-chat ... you know the challenging boundaries age ... but I couldn't be prouder on how this young man is turning out. He is empathetic, compassionate, kind, generous, strong (physically and mentally), humble, principled - shoo ... so many ...

We just need to work a bit on his independence, as he is totally comfortable to have everything done for him, and I for one know that I am not being a blessing to him if he is unable to do things for himself.

Amazing how we never stop being a work in progress in all areas of our lives.

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4evertrue Premium
Congratulations on your son's 17th birthday. Obviously, your doing a good job with him and I'm sure he will turn out just fine.
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ThomasPye Premium
I'm a big believer in teaching them how to fish. So we aren't feeding them the rest of our lives. he will be fine.
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foxychops Premium
So am I ... which is why I am fully aware of needing to get on his independence quickly
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ThomasPye Premium
Good job! He will be fine.
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ericpierre Premium
You did a great job! Our children are out of the nest, so to speak, and doing quite well on their own. Even so there were some starting problems. But again, what are parents for?
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foxychops Premium
I know ... thanks Eric
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WTucker1 Premium
congrats on getting him this far. Hopefully it gets easier
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foxychops Premium
Oh it's not that difficult ... have experiences that I never would have had without him ... even the experience of frustration
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rjkennedy Premium
Ain't life grand! Thanks for posting.
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foxychops Premium
Sure is
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KeithMaki Premium
You are doing a great job! I have turned things around on my son and I am now living with him and his family!
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foxychops Premium
Beautiful
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mickeyb123 Premium
My youngest son still lives with me and he is 32!
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foxychops Premium
So you are saying that I still have time :-)
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mickeyb123 Premium
HA HA
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frogurtnm Premium
Life is a Work In Progress... But sounds like you are Doing a GREAT Job! Happy B-Day to your son!
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foxychops Premium
Thanks so much
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ETZEL Premium
Hello Laurie,

That's life and it is worth to be liven !

Happy bithday to your son !

I wish you also a good party !

Greets Attila
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foxychops Premium
Aah how sweet - thanks Attila
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MKearns Premium
You have a millennial Laurie! I have a grand son who lives with me 16 in August. Tell me about it!
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foxychops Premium
Hehe, I know right
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drcmaint Premium
And, of course, cracking the whip now and then, just to see if he is paying attention. But do it in a nice way.
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foxychops Premium
Yep, but he towers over us ... so when I do go "crazy mom" on him, it doesn't seem a threat these days :-)
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DShensky Premium
you have the best attitude about teaching you son to make it the world when you're no longer there for him---so many parents refuse to let their children grow
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foxychops Premium
Thanks D ... although I know I do need to work on his independence
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