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"Proud of my teen" thread anyone?

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myotherusernameisbetter Thu 17-Dec-15 17:22:22

I have two, eldest (15) is borderline aspergers and socially anxious - he had to do the talk element of his english exam today. Teacher said he could do it in private after school but he would need to bring along at least one audience member, she suggested he bring a sympathetic friend.

Anyway, he asked his younger brother (14) to go with him.

Talk was done and he passed and was proud of him for doing it and equally proud of little brother going along and supporting him without a moan or anything.

They walked out of school like two young men. Sometimes it's nice to see a glimpse of the adult inside and realise as much as you love your children, you like them as people too.

Anyway, I just thought we all like to have a moan about the things they are doing wrong (in our eyes) but that sometimes it's nice to talk about the positives. smile

VulcanWoman Thu 17-Dec-15 17:40:26

That's great, well done the both of them!

Clare1971 Sat 19-Dec-15 13:21:06

That must have been so lovely. Can I join in with a tiny example? Walked round supermarket yesterday with DD17 who we've had two very fraught years with - turned round to see her offering to help a little old lady reach something from a high shelf. I could see little old lady looking at my DD thinking what a lovely young woman she was. Made me feel quite proud!

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 19-Dec-15 14:20:03

Thanks Vulcan and of course Clare, that was meant to be the point of the thread but sadly no-one seems to be proud of their teens sad

Sounds like you've turned a corner and the lovely girl and woman is showing through smile That's a lovely thing for her to do.

TheSecondOfHerName Sat 19-Dec-15 16:48:48

OP, that's a lovely example.

I'm proud of DS1 for keeping going through long-term illness and completing his controlled assessments in the first term of Y11 with mostly A grades, despite having missed a good part of Y10.

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 19-Dec-15 18:58:27

Well done to your DS TheSecondOfHerName I hope your DS feels better soon.

Everytimeref Sat 19-Dec-15 19:02:20

Last Friday my 16year old dd went to rugby with my df, on the way into the stadium my dd noticed that my df was having a stroke. She immediately got him help. I couldn't feel prouder of her.

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 19-Dec-15 19:06:37

Oh wow everytimeref!, well done to your daughter and I hope your Dad is okay flowers

Helenluvsrob Sat 19-Dec-15 19:06:46

We are all the family my dad has now ( sister abroad ) and he's in a local care home.

This was last weekend when ds just got back from uni.... And tonight he's taken poppa to a concert ( by taxi in a wheelchair ) so I can stay home and do a hit of Xmas prep - actually I'm waiting for the AA as my car is bust sad so it's just as well as dad would have missed it . He's 19 and a hugely special young man.

The girls are fab too - eldest came home for poppas birthday though she doesn't really " finish for Xmas" as she's doing a PhD

The youngest is 16 and is fab - not looking forward to her going to uni I just say !

Helenluvsrob Sat 19-Dec-15 19:09:52

I love hearing about the amazing young people we are all raising. Teens have such a rotten press. Good news isn't popular. Actually the more teens I meet/ hear about ( and I meet loads through work who are considered from a " rough estate". They are mostly great kids) the more I do feel that the future is going to be ok.

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 19-Dec-15 19:11:16

Well done Helenluvsrob a great bunch you've raised there, no wonder you are proud.

I am glad I was wrong earlier, there are plenty people proud of their teens after all smile

Everytimeref Sat 19-Dec-15 20:09:06

Please to say my dad is
on the mend, thanks to my daughters quick thinking.

Fannyupcrutch Sat 19-Dec-15 20:30:45

Aaaaw, these are lovely <3

I am incredibly proud of my 16yo DS. He has ASD and we had a shocking first 12 years with him. His behaviour was disastrous, he was very badly bullied for years, struggled terribly at school and had no friends. A change of school 4 years ago has seen him blossom into a beautiful, thoughtful young man. He is now predicted As for his GCSEs and wants to go on to do science at uni to the highest level he can. He struggles with socialising but has built a group of friends through the school drama club and a local art group. Anyway, last night was the art groups Christmas party. It was fab to see him interacting with his friends and mentors and lovely to see just how well thought of and popular he is. He was invited to a friends 18th party and at one point I thought my heart might just explode with sheer love and pride. The contrast between him then, and him now really couldn't be greater. I am his biggest fan <3

Themodernuriahheep Sat 19-Dec-15 20:36:06

My eyes are welling up...

My DS has just turned 18. One of his cousins, who teases him a lot, has sent him a card saying he is outstanding.

And I'm not well atm and won't be for some weeks. He's being v understanding, cooked supper last night despite being exhausted. He's brilliant at emotional harmony, a real peacemaker.

MooPointCowsOpinion Sat 19-Dec-15 20:39:52

I love this thread. My kids are too young but the teenagers I work with make me proud every day. They are so much more open minded and accepting than most of the adults I know, as well as being hilariously funny too.

Heartwarming thread!

LynetteScavo Sat 19-Dec-15 20:53:21

Aww..wish there was a like button on MN for some of these posts. Fanny grin.

My DS has been a numb-but today so I have nothing proud to offer.

Rozalia0 Sat 19-Dec-15 20:58:00

My son told me just this week that at his last PT job, a year and a half ago, a middle aged man was sending sleazy sexts to several of the younger teen girls who also worked there. This was a large department store.

The girls were intimidated by this man, but too afraid to do anything. DS went to HR several times to report this man's actions. He was only 19 himself and far from self-assured. But he stuck to his principles, supported the young girls and finally something was done.

He never said a word at the time, although it was clearly an ordeal for him. He is very far from confrontational. I'm so proud of him.

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 19-Dec-15 22:50:04

Ah more lovely stories smile Sorry for the late response, I've been out on our family Christmas night out, dinner and Star Wars smile

There are some really great kids out there, overcoming personal difficulties and making good life choices. I'm proud of them all too.

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