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Brag about your kid!
« on: March 10, 2015, 08:49:53 AM »
I am re-posting (with permission) MissingMarsha's thread from the last board:

As you parents know, the loss of your spouse (or SO) has not been easy on your kid. I have created this thread for us to brag a bit on the accomplishments of our children in the face of losing a parent, step-parent, or good friend.

Please allow me (MissingMarsha) to kick things off... a couple of the local high schools are raising money to help in the homeless in our county. My daughter (with some help, of course) has raised over $1,000 USD!!! In relation, the total goal was $10,000.  She has also given a couple of local radio interviews, and I could not be prouder 

C'mon and share your inspiring stories of young people in action!


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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2015, 08:07:04 PM »
On a recent trip, I asked my daughters to "allow"
me to go to my favourite store for 20 mins. The youngest complained and the eldest told her "look, maman has been really nice to us finding cool things to do all week, so now it's time she does something for herself without us complaining." She is 7 and amazingly emotionally intelligent.

The youngest, who is four and regularly asks to be carried on the one-block walk to synagogue, promised she didnt need a stroller for this vacation. And man, she walked everywhere with no complaints, slowly but surely saying proudly every time "I am four, I am a big girl and I can walk!"


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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 12:24:31 PM »
My 9 yr old son was 1 of 2- 4Th grade students that got chosen to participate in a mathematical school competition which is always mostly 5 & 6 graders and will be competing with other schools and my 13 yr old daughter audition to be in a little mermaid musical and got a lead role.
I'm very proud of my children.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 03:07:20 PM »
My son is only 5.5 months old, but at the 4 month appointment, the pediatrician said he's developmentally like a 6 month old. He's so close to being mobile and can sit on his own now. He's such a funny, sweet, happy guy. I really can't wait to see what he can do as he grows.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 04:12:31 PM »
My 7 year old finally got her back handspring. She also got picked for an impromptu part in her dance recital.

10 year old has been rocking at basketball...And has been picked for a baseball travel team/district team

12 year old...picked for middle school baseball team. He is also busy getting new clients for his lawn service.

They have all kept straight As this year...but don't seem to want to do anything extra academically. So far they have all gotten good behavior reports at school.

I could share the bad too..Lol..But since it's brag on your kid thread I will focus on the positives.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 04:46:45 PM »
Kenneth's kids were mostly grown, when we first met.  They are now in their late 20s/early 30s, so I won't include them here in this particular thread.  My kids are now 19 (my son) and 20 (my daughter), and I will take a moment to brag on them.

In the year, since my Kenneth died, my son, who struggled academically throughout school, managed to graduate high school, by the skin of his teeth, and has taken a few classes at the local community college.  His grades aren't A's, but he likes the classes and he has B's and C's.  Considering he has a visual impairment, social anxiety, and that he had to go to summer school and night school to graduate, that is HUGE.  He doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, and has friends, who are trustworthy, with good reputations.  I never have to worry about where he is at night, and I can always count on him to do what I ask.

My daughter is a "go getter".  In the last year, she and her fianc? planned both a wedding and a cross country move.  They also paid for everything themselves.  She is fiercely independent and stubborn and one of the most highly intelligent people I have ever known.  At her wedding, she found a way to honor Kenneth and his memory and to make him a part of her special day, even though he could not be there physically to walk her down the aisle (or to have her push his wheelchair down the aisle, as the case would have been).
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 05:34:34 PM »
This is a picture of my younger son, Jack, at a Sensitive Santa event in 2011.  He is autistic with apraxia (non verbal)but is doing well.  His older brother, Sean, will be in seventh grade this year and wants to be a mechanical engineer. Thev come a long way and I'm so proud.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 12:39:52 PM »
Boy, I really need this thread today.  It's impossible to brag to anyone other than the other parent or maybe grandparents without sounding boastful.

Yesterday, out of the blue, my five year old:

opened the driver's side door of the car.  When I asked him to get in the back, he turned and said, "Mamma, I'm just opening your door for you!".  I then told him how this Mamma never opened a door, car or otherwise, when Daddy was around, that he opened doors all the time and I always appreciated it.  "I know, Mamma," he said.

excitedly took the chocolate coin his teacher gave him the day before and had forgotten about in my pocket, unwrapped it licking his lips, paused and broke it in half, and gave a half to me.

remembered (consciously) to lift the seat to pee.

This Mamma was beyond proud, and had no one to share with who might understand, that this glimpse of great behaviour means he DOES listen, after all.  :)



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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 02:19:12 PM »
Tough week for two of my daughters, but they are handling things so well.

13yo decided to break it off with her "boyfriend." They had been "dating" for over a year. Basically that means they sat with each other at lunch, and texted after school.

15yo finally decided to break it off with her "boyfriend" this week too. They texted and had movie nights at our house. No dating until she's 16. I've seen this coming for months. She just needs to figure out how she's going to do that. I'm encouraging her to do it in person, but she's leaning toward texting. Sadly, she's afraid of his reaction. I told her I would be with her if she decided to break it off in person.

I think both of them used these friendships to help them cope with losing their dad. I told my 15yo that I thought she was holding on to her relationship because she didn't want to lose him as her friend. She agreed. He is her best friend. I hope that after things settle down they'll still be able to be friends.

Anyway, I'm proud of my girls. I'm also glad that they ask for my advice and opinion. I hope that's always the case.

My 7yo daughter just shakes her head and says, "boys are trouble!" She's so smart! ha

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2015, 12:00:05 AM »
I just want to share that I am so happy with the choices my daughter has made thus far with the relationships she has fostered into friendships.  She spent the night with a friend last weekend and both girls learned from each other that the other had lost their dad.  Earlier in the day, I met a couple of her other friends at a vocal competition for school.  Each came up to me to introduce themselves to me.  For me, that is what I call being "raised right." 

Her grades are stellar and I am thrilled because it's a 360 from last year!

Finally, I am so proud of her can do spirit.  She had been in the school play and then went to see her grandmother during mid-winter break.  As a result her rowing coach said she would have to cox the B boats (second string, basically).  I asked her how she felt about it and she said she wasn't happy.  I told her it may not feel fair, but it was equitable because the coach is responsible for the entire team.  I told her it was an opportunity for her to show her coaches what she was made of.  I told her that we don't always get dealt the best hand - our coaches, bosses, others will be watching to see how we respond to "set-backs."  I told her to do her best and to teach the new kids how to kick butt and turn their B boats into A boats -- she can change the course.  I told her that a coach won't hold a champion back. 

Well, we found out this week, after she competed against a mail coxswain, that she was placed into the women's 8, men's top 4, and women's top 4.  She's coxing the A boats after all.  So so proud of her. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2015, 02:48:38 PM »
Son number 1  (19 yr old) is sweet and sensitive and knows what's important.  Proves it by treating his girlfriend right and handling his mom pretty right too  :)

Son number 2( 17 year old ) is trustworthy. I just went on a 5 day trip to florida and had no qualms about leaving him at home( he didn't want to come) and as an added bonus I found out he put the garbage to the curb, on the right day nontheless. :D


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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2015, 01:01:52 PM »
My 2.5 year old is a pro traveler. After being woken up at 5am to board two flights to California and no naps all day he is a perfect passenger! While boarding the airplane he said "Hi" to everyone who had already boarded as we went to our seats at the back of the plane. In an aisle seat there was a big muscly guy with tattoos literally covering his skin wearing a tank top. He stops and says while pointing at his arms "I like your shirt!"

I'm so proud of him for so many reasons.


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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2015, 07:04:13 PM »
 Just got back from my 16 yo daughter's HS softball game. She was 3/4, 6 rbi's w/ a 3 run homerun in a 10-1 win. Good day for my daughter. Good day to be her dad  :)
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2015, 07:01:10 PM »
Love reading all of these stories!!  My son is 27, he was 20 when S died.  He was my son's stepdad, but the only dad he ever knew.  My son has a boy that's 18 months old, and he is such a good daddy.  Makes my heart swell.  He's 4-1/2 years out of college, and he's already gone from being a zookeeper, to being a supervisor over 4 other zookeepers, to being the curator of the zoo.  He's finding out that management isn't always worth the larger paycheck... But he's handling the stressful situations well.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2015, 07:18:27 PM »
When are we going back to the zoo?  Rosie needs to meet the elephant.

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