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christine :)

Becky Novacek, I want you to be my guru. LOL Believe me when I say I needed this blessing of your experience THIS VERY WEEK. I am the mom of a 18-year-old and a 20-year-old (both daughters) and sometimes I doubt myself on how I am raising (or have raised)them. I am going to print out your words and refer to them often.

A HUGE thank-you. Have a beautiful day. You were definitely a blessing to me today.



Dear Becky,
I have been reading your blog for quite awhile now but don't think I have ever commented. I just want to say "thank you" for writing this post. I, too, will be printing it out to refer to as I journey on with my 17 and 15 year old teens.
Bless you!


I wasn't going to comment but I will let you know that I am fwding this to my aunt that was just saying yesterday she's getting alot of unwanted unrequested 'help' from others about how she's single-handedly raising her teen son.. THANKS!!!!!!!



Thank you for writing this. While my kids are still young, I am going to save this for future reference. I love that you share your experiences and thoughts on your blog. I just wanted you to know that your thoughts are very much appreciated!

Tracy Schmitt

What wonderful words of wisdom. To a mom of a great, but, nonetheless, 14 year old teenage boy and with two more boys following his path, I appreciate your thoughts. It is unchartered territory for me and we are "navigating" fairly well, but learning from a seasoned pro is very appreciated. I, too, will print this out and keep in nearby in the years ahead. So, I'm glad you took the time to write. Sometimes, when you are in the moment, these words are sometimes forgotten. Have a great day!


My oldest is at the age where his brain is slowing down :) I know that every boy goes through a growth spurt and it seems that when that happens the brain momentarily shuts off :) I am happy to say that as yet, he is still very much a momma's boy and enjoys spending time with me. For that I am grateful!


Wow...what a timely post for me...I have a 17 year old daughter. I was just sitting here thinking of all of the things I wish I could go back and do differently. She is a good girl, but still I have a nagging self doubt that I haven't completey prepared her for life...I love your blog!


Well, as you know....I have wondered if it's too late. I am drained much of the time and life has not been even a little bit easy in this journey called parenting but with 2 teenage daughters, it's downright exhausting. I pray. For them, for me, for our relationships and those with their dad. I pray so much for their relationship with each other....right now, that has been first and foremost on my mind and heart. I'm not sure what will come of it....which breaks my heart.
None of it is easy.
I heard this today from Phillipians 4:6"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I love this verse...everytime I hear it I think it needs to be "my verse". I'm a worrier.....and I know not to be but I am. This came to me today about some financial stuff but it just came to me again, as I read your post.
Hugs my friend.


As the mom of a 16 year old boy, 14 year old girl and 11 year old girl, your words couldn't have been more timely. I agree 100% that the teenage years are so emotionally exhausting. Some of it is awesome and some of it isn't. I'm always questioning myself - wondering if I'm doing the right thing. I'm doing what I think and hope is the right thing. Thank you for sharing your perspective.


I don't have kids but I love #13. I sometimes wish my mom would understand that I do have my own belief's as well. Thank you for this post! Again, love the latest pictures! :)

amy sotolongo

I teach jr. highers...and all you have said is so true...they are exhausting, amazing, creative individuals who are living in the cocoon so they can become butterflies.....they just want to be heard, loved and valued.....and it's not easy on parents or teachers!

Maija Lepore

Have you been sensing my pain and turmoil? I'm dealing with my own 17 year old son and it sucking the joy out of my life. Your words of wisdom couldn't have come at a better time. My son is making some bad choices and it has been so hard for me to step back and let him make his own mistakes. I spoiled him in every way as he grew up- my approach is quite different with my almost 14 year old son. But please tell me I will survive this!


I love this list...I'm totally bookmarking it even though I'm still several years from having teenagers. The way I see it, it's good to start thinking about ways to show your love to your children starting now...not when they are teenagers!

P.S. Are those MUJI pencils depicted in your banner? I have those too :)


a little late reading this, but gosh is this a great list!!!!!!!!!! TFS

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