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August 15, 2008

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great story. i know. it is so hard to not fix everything. but they really don't want our solutions, they just want validation for the way they are feeling. that is the best lesson with teens. i am very impressed with your restraint and it seems the upside was a clean house.

That's great! It is hard not being able to make them happy, isn't it? But I've seen my daughter manage to work and save for something she really wants; and I know she appreciates it more than if I had just handed it to her. You're teaching her a great lesson.

(But tell her to stop taking her IPod to school - that's just asking for trouble.)

That really was cool. I hope my kids turn out that well...what day did you say I could ship them to you?

Very cool, it's so great when they start figuring it out.

BTW, if you are a college student of any kind and you buy a laptop from Apple, you get up to $299 rebate for an iPod. Just enough for a iPod touch. I needed a new laptop for school in the fall and got the iPod for daughter since I had ruined her old one by pulling her into the pool with all her clothes on. I am now the cool Mom again. ;-)

What a great kid! I was sending daughter off to college with a macbook and Apple threw in a free iPod Touch. She's been making do with zens purchased with her own money since her first 1GB iPod proved to be too fragile for The Girl Who Drops Things (it was her only Christmas gift that year). Suddenly my zen is not cool enough for me, and for the first time in my life I'm lusting after an Apple product.

What a great kid! I was sending daughter off to college with a macbook and Apple threw in a free iPod Touch. She's been making do with zens purchased with her own money since her first 1GB iPod proved to be too fragile for The Girl Who Drops Things (it was her only Christmas gift that year). Suddenly my zen is not cool enough for me, and for the first time in my life I'm lusting after an Apple product.

Check out the refurbished iPods from the Apple store. Looks like the 8GB touch is $209 Canadian. We have gotten 2 of them and they look and act like new - no problems other than the earbuds and Apple replaced them under warranty.

It's stories like this that I use as evidence why my 12 yo should not take his iPod to school (that and its against the rules) - even though "everyone" else does. He has a bad habit of leaving his locker with the combination 2/3 done, so its "easy" for him to get into it. Will NOT listen to why that might be a bad idea!

Proud? You should be. Oh, it is SO hard to let them suffer while they solve problems on their own...

awesome. i wish my 14-year-old daughter could be that wise.

Hurray! Both of you acted admirably!

Proud, oh my yes.

Reminds me of (then 12 year old) Daughter who really wanted a Wii for Christmas last year. By the time we saved up the money there were none (NOT ONE) to be had in the entire city.

So Christmas morning came and went and no Wii. Instead she got a handmade coupon for the first one we could get our hands on.

I dreaded the potential disappointment, it was the only thing she really wanted. What a heartbreaker on Christmas morning.

But she didn't pout, she didn't cry and she didn't fuss. All she said was, "Oh, well. These things happen."

A very proud moment for a parent.

And of course, it made it all the sweeter to see her delighted face when Hubby surprised her and finally brought one home in mid-January.

Great post.

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