Things that surprise you about your kids

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Things that surprise you about your kids
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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 4:23pm

No, I'm not talking about the scary stuff, although feel free to post that, too. I'm talking about skills you didn't know they had. Today, I realized that my 16 yo DD knows how to clean a bathroom really, really, well. Up until last month, we have always had a cleaning lady, but we bought a new house, are still waiting for our old one to sell, and DH is starting his own business, so we decided we should give up

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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 4:41pm

Well, mine are considerably older than yours, but they still do surprise me. :D

DS 27 had/has significant ADHD, has refused meds since he was 12 or 13 (though my hybiscus was very calm and focused for a long time before I realized it! LOL), and has always had a pig sty of a room.

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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 6:49pm

Wow, what an awesome reminder that our idea of what our kids' lives should look like is often very far from their actual success. I try not to have too many dreams for my kids, because I've learned that life throws you things you could never have imagined.

I thought for sure we'd live in the same town until my kids finished HS, but then last year was so awful for both of them that they ended up going to private school this year. The commute was too much for me (500+ miles per week), so we moved to the town where their school is located.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 12-23-2011 - 7:01pm

I was surprised when my DS learned to bake.

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Sat, 12-24-2011 - 12:03pm

I am surprised with how good DS is with little kids, and how much they like him.

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Sat, 12-24-2011 - 12:20pm
I'd have to go with cooking for my ds19 - he started in boy scouts (so 10 in his case) and still enjoys it. He took a culinary course with me his jr year of HS and now loves to cook, happy that his college roommate does as well (his gf doesn't, though! - He makes her clean up!)

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Sat, 12-24-2011 - 1:47pm

I think your DS has himself a sweet deal--he gets to mess up the kitchen, having fun in the process, and someone else gets to clean it. We have a similar arrangement in our house. Whoever cooks doesn't have to clean up.

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 11:52am

I've been surprised at how well DD 14 is doing at work. She's a teacher's aide at a very professional and established youth theatre (serves thousands of kids a year, oldest in the country.) She did a year of training and interning and then mamanged to land a spot last summer (which is really hard since most positions go to alumni home from college! There is a teacher for the class but we all know it's the aides that have the hard job... especially at camps when they are with one group of kids ALL day and the teacher's rotate. She's really very good at it. The education director told me she was his "first call." A couple parents have got to the office to find out what classes she's working do they can sign their kids up. Apparantly, she's a pro with behavioral issues. She's dealt with kids with Aspergers, ADHD, sensitivities... she even had a transgender child who was a boy one session and started identifying himself as a girl the next. She didn't bat an eye. It's really cute to see her walking the camp kids to pick-up.

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 9:27pm

Our youngest couple did something really nice for our older DD and SIL.