Getting Kids to Talk -- Life With 3 Teens

Cynthia Dermody
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It's hard enough raising one teen -- but three?! Welcome to RAZmom88's wild and wonderful life this week.

Kids at the Casino

What a wonderful time we had this past weekend! On Saturday, my 18 year old Andrea, my mom, and I went to see the movie "Dear John." The movie was good and we had a great time. The tears just added to our "fun."

That night, Ryan, my 18 year old son, and Andrea went with a group of friends to a casino. It was their first time and they really enjoyed it. The eight kids got one motel room for the night, so you can imagine how much sleep everyone got. Ryan had to work Sunday,  but Andrea slept all day.

Saturday night was also the Budweiser Shootout, for all of us NASCAR fans, which my husband and I happen to be. We've been to a few races, and so have the boys.  The kids each have a favorite driver but they're not that into the races any more. Andrea is a Kasey Kahne fan and last year she got to meet him. I thought she would faint. I am so happy the racing season has begun. I can smell the fumes!

Super Bowl Sunday

The house was full of teens, and they were all Saints fans. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law from Indiana are Colts fans, and every time the Saints made a good play, someone would let Uncle Richie have it on Facebook. It's been several days and still no reply from Indiana. 

Zack, 15, and his friend CJ stayed up all night, playing video games. When my alarm went off to take Andrea to school, they were still up. It's spirit week at the high school, and Monday was pajama day. Zack wore his Superman PJ's and C.J wore Zack's Batman PJ's.They were so cute.

I believe that when your kids get to the teenage years, you need to spend time with them.  One of the ways I do this is by sharing an interest. Ask questions about what they like. If I can get a conversation started with them, the information just flows. You have to make them feel that the things that are important to them are important to you. So I buy the food and bake the cookies. I make sure I know what team I am suppose to be cheering for. I even know who Drew Brees is!

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What activities, hobbies or pastimes do you share with your teen? Do you feel it helps them open up to you a bit more?


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The Accident

Jilted Stepchildren

No Chores for My Kids

Driving Tests, Borrowing the Car

Dating Older Women

My Son Smoked Pot

Laptops and Lung Cancer

Too Young for Love?

Abusive Homes, Faith

Shopping and Sleeping Arrangements

Sports and Vampires

Fighting Siblings

Competing Brothers

Teen Drinking?

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