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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 4:35pm

I know the boards have been really slow lately but surely some people around here still have teens?? I'm afraid they'll close this board, too, if we don't get a bit of activity going on. What have your teens been up this summer? Did they have summer jobs, do summer camps, etc.? Did you take them on any vacations? Are they gearing up to go back to school? The local high school starts Friday and I believe the grade/middle school starts Monday. Take a minute to check in!

Pam

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 5:14pm
Mine is 19, and at college, so not really much of a teen anymore, and we've honestly never had real issues with her. Now, the 7 year old, going on 15 with an attitude, that's another story... The little girls (5 & 7) start back on the 25th and the oldest goes back to college the middle of September.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 8:36pm

STL city schools started Monday/yesterday, county schools today (grade/middle/high all at the same time for city or county). Some universities start next week; some the week afterwards.

Sue

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 10:56am

My teenager will turn 19 on 9/1.  We are gearing up to send him to college on 8/29 so that has been the big deal all summer--getting his things ready.  He got tired of working at Old Navy, since he had been there since he was 16 and in the spring he got a job at a coffee drive through place, which he liked.  I am just trying to restrain him from spending all his money on clothes since I don't know if he will be working when he goes to college.  Yesterday was my BD and he made me a cake, bought me a present and then we went out to dinner.  I had a coupon for a free entree so I figured I would pay, but he paid for the rest--so I guess he is growing up!

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 11:17am
Happy belated birthday to you! Sounds like you had a nice day with your ds.
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Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 3:41pm

I still have two teenagers.

My youngest is 13 and heading to high school Aug. 25th. His summer activities consisted of basketball, tae kwon do and theatre.  Outside of Tae Kwon Do (which is year round) everything else ended last weekend so he's been doing some serious lounging lol. That's perfectly fine with me though. Everyone needs some super lazy days of summer. He has high school orientation next week which his grandparents will need to take him too. He's excited to start at this new school but also not in a hurry for summer to be done!

My eldest is 17 and we leave on Monday to move her to college across the country. She's worked all summer and rehearsed a play in the evenings. All the spare time was spent packing and cleaning out her room (she has the bigger room that will be going to DS now.) We got her whole childhood down to 4 posterity bins for the basement and a bin of things she wants moved into the smaller bedroom for when she's home. Sorta weird. This week she's been catching up with friends and saying her good-byes. She's all set though and super excited! Just word to the wise.... do not do a Toy Story Marathon a week before your child leaves for college... oh my gosh, we were all sobbing lol.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 4:11pm
Wow Turtletime, apparently yours isn't a packrat like mine!! I wish that's all she had had! My attic is full of boxes, she has a storage locker at college to go back to and her room at home is full again while she is home for the summer...
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 5:58pm

I can't remember the last time I saw a new poster that wasn't a troll on the boards.  Several weeks.  

I have two that are long gone, and my DD14 is getting ready to start high school.  Been a rough year, very up and down, but I am always hopeful.  :)  

She did two weeks of camp and aside from that just odds and ends.  Our year went a little later than normal into June, and with Labor day being kind of early, made the summer a smidge short.  

I am still sticking it out on iVillage, but again, been a long time since I have seen anyone new.  

Serenity

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 10:27am
Serenity, did she end up finding much to do this summer? I know you were wanting to figure out some things at the beginning of the summer for her.
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Fri, 08-15-2014 - 11:16am

I have just one teen now, ds14. He was busy all summer with running (and hs cross country started this week), summer orchestra, summer jazz, a programming class, church camp...we really didn't feel like there was much down time, and he likes to keep busy. He also has/had (it's *almost* done) a fair bit of required summer work for his honors/AP classes. Younger ds12 did summer running as well (but middle school xc won't start for a few weeks), orchestra, two classes, and the same week-long church camp. 

We didn't do a family vacation, but ds and I took only our second solo trip and it was wonderful to be away alone together (the boys were mainly at summer camp, but oldest dd and her fiance watched them for 3 days/2 nights). 

School here starts 8/26. I'm excited and a bit nervous for ds to start-first time taking a bus; juggling sports, music, and academics...  just a lot going on!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 1:35pm

Theresa, now that you mention it, this is the first summer that DS hasn't had that much to do to prep for school--in the past there was always summer reading, doing book reports, and then stuff for AP classes.  Now pre-college, the only thing he did was read Orange is the New Black--it's not required, but just suggested for all freshmen because the author and one of the actors from the TV show are coming to give a talk at the univ.  I also read the book and like it--I have never seen the TV show, which I think adds more salacious details.  They also had some on-line review stuff for chemistry just to see if they knew everything they were supposed to know.

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