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I was wondering how other grandparents are dealing with the new generation. Having my 13 soon to be 14 year-old granddaughter, was an experience. She is so intelligent (yes, I am bragging) that I had
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Teen Grandchildren

posted at 7/11/2013 9:02 AM EDT
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I was wondering how other grandparents are dealing with the new generation. Having my 13 soon to be 14 year-old granddaughter, was an experience. She is so intelligent (yes, I am bragging) that I had a hard time keeping up with the conversation at times. Other times she was a typical teen, unsure of her wonderfulness. When she met some of my friends their response was: what a great sense of humor she had, how polite, and intelligent. When I told her this, she rewarded me with the most beautiful smile. She has returned home and I miss her. What a blessing they are.

Re: Teen Grandchildren

posted at 7/11/2013 9:36 AM EDT
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It does amaze me the minds that some of these kids have.  My Grandson does things in school that I was not doing at his age. 

Angela, at 13 and 14 I think they are "stuck" between trying to be grownup and not wanting to leave the safety of childhood. (there is no way I would want to be a teenager again!)  I think they need constant reassurances that they are wonderful and that all the stuff that seems so important now isn't that important in the long run. 

Listen and don't judge and allow her to use you as a sounding board. 

I believe there may be some truth in the old saying....the reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is they have a common "enemy". 

I hope you keep in touch.  Great to use email but send her a letter once in a while there is something about getting a letter that you can touch and read over and over.  And I bet that she will keep them!

Re: Teen Grandchildren

posted at 7/11/2013 9:53 AM EDT
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my g.s. is 16, has a license and pick-up since march       so I miss being his 'ride' most days
he's in a.p. classes, makes good grades, but would rather be fishing, he wants a career as a pro and last year after using his new bow for only 3 months, he actually shot and killed a deer , amazing everyone
he dresses well, keeps his hair neat and just got rid of his braces
he is also very polite and opens doors for me and others and waits for me to go in before him
he comes every Monday to gather my garbage and take the very large can to the street for me and washes the dog's water bowl and changes the water
he returns on Tuesday to bring in the can
on Saturday he comes with his dad and uses the high wheel string trimmer while his dad mows
he puts out chemicals in my yard on a regular basis             but he has inherited his dad's aversion to reading directions on anything           and that can be frustrating

he also is a moderate hemophiliac, so there are things he can't do

Re: Teen Grandchildren

posted at 7/11/2013 12:21 PM EDT
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I have 5 grandkids, the oldest is now 20 and the youngest will turn 13 in September,  so I have a lot of experience with teenage grandkids.
To me the best is seeing the changes in their interests, and personalities.  When they were little, they all played together pretty well, but now they have gone in such different directions.  They are from 2 families, but the cousins have always been in close touch.
My grandson from my son's family has turned 20.  He will be a Junior at Chapman University in the Fall.  He is in the Dodge school of film and media arts majoring in screen writing.  I am amazed at some of his writing skills.  Here is a kid who loved Godzilla, and dinosaurs writing an episode of "Modern Family" as an exercise for a class.  It blows my mind.
My grandson from my daughter's family is 19 and will be a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. in Troy NY.  He is majoring in Chemical engineering with a math minor.  Those two boys were inseparable when they were growing up, and now they don't talk the same language, but they will always be friends.
My grand daughters are 18, 16 and soon to be 13(going on 22).  The 18 year old just graduated from an arts high school, she will be a freshman at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in the fall.  She is a dancer and is teaching ballet and body conditioning to middle school kids this summer.  She has a really nice boyfriend, but she will be on the east coast, and he will be here on the west coast.
The 16 year old, well watch out world here she comes!!!  She is a perfectionist, in school straight "A"s in everything, many AP classes. She plays the piano, swims on the varsity swim team, volunteers at an animal rescue shelter, and loves everything Japanese.  Her goals in life have changed from time to time, but right now she wants to go into medical research, plus she is a real sweetheart, and always has a big hug for me.
Our "baby" is the apple of grandpa's eye. She will be in 8th grade this Fall, but sadly she and her parents have moved to Southern California, so we won't see them as much.  She isn't the scholar the other kids are, but she has more common sense then all of the others put together.  She loves to sing, and was in the local Girls Chorus for several years. We will really miss her bright attitude, and sunny personality.
Yeah, I know, grandma has to brag about the kids, but I enjoy each and everyone as an individual, and look forward to seeing them become adults.  That, my friends, is the joy of dealing with teenaged grandkids!!

Re: Teen Grandchildren

posted at 7/11/2013 6:21 PM EDT
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
Nellie and Barbara you both have to be very proud of the Grandkids. 
Pat yourselves on the back as you both had quite a bit to do with how they have turned out.  After all you raised their parents. 
Thank you for sharing 

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