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03/16/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

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Brandi on

That article by Laura was hilarious! I’m glad my boys have a few years to go before hitting 13.🙂

mary on

About the 13 year old boy.
I never saw it coming. My 14 year old is in the 8th grade. I saw him as a “nerd”. I say that in the most kindest way a mother could. I was happy with that, for I have a 16 year old daughter who has a boyfriend, the movies, phone calls, having this young boy over for dinner, ect. I was completely happy that my 14 year old was more into computers, Xbox and books or so I thought. I thought he would be a late bloomer like his dad. He is like his dad super book smart. His school had to contact a high school and have a 10 grade geometry math curriculum made up for his school year. (He finished 9th grade algebra math last year) In fact he is doing the same math his big sister is doing and she’s in 10 grade. So when he asked if it would be ok to have ‘Linda’ (not her real name) come over, I was stunned, Shocked! She has come over 4 times since Christmas. No thats not a lot. But when did this happen? What I did not know is that he has been taking our bedroom phone at night to his room and talking to her every night. I should have known what 14 year old boy goes to bed at around 8. When my husband and I retire at 1030 everyone is in bed sound asleep, and my phone is on its cradle I never knew. Just this last weekend he was in a wrestling tournament. He took 1st place with 2 pins. I could not be there because I had surgery a week ago. So when my husband and 2 boys got home He said nothing to me, He ran upstairs immediately went to our room got our phone went into his room and called….. ‘Linda’, I’m his mom for gosh sakes and I just lost out to a 13 year old girl! She was told first. I’m not hurt just stunned I did not see this coming. Gone are the days of ‘We their parents are there worlds’. That is what I am going to miss.😦

eternalcanadian on

Per “When Did My 13-Year-Old Son Become a ‘Player?” I sure hope Laura and her husband have had frank and candid talks about sexual responsibility with their son so he doesn’t join that 13-year old from England in parent hood not to mention ensuring remaining STD/HIV free in a time the rate for both has gone up (it is up 22% in DC).

I continue to be perplexed and concerned at why so many children have a nut allergy. I grew up on peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and I love walnust and almonds (including almond butter). These days pretty much all of my friends’ children and my relatives’ children cannot have nuts of any kind. What happened in a generation that so many children now have almost deadly allergic reactions to nuts?

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