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Captive car talk with my teenage son — FranlyStein

AdamBy Betsy Stein

I had my 13-year-old son captive for about 20 minutes in the car this past weekend, and we covered everything from grades to the girl texting him at 11 at night.

We were on the way to his lacrosse practice, and he was in an upbeat, talkative mood. So I seized the moment.

First on the agenda were his grades — which have taken a nosedive of late. He is a smart kid, but he’s a typical boy in that he puts in the bare minimum. He’s been able to pull that off until now. Skimming literature books and picking vocab words out of the science and history chapters instead of actually reading them isn’t working for him any more.

So I took the time in the car, banking on his good mood, to point out that if his grades aren’t good next year, he won’t be able to play sports. And that segued into a little lecture about how important high school grades are and how now would be a good time to start improving work habits. He was amazingly open to the lecture and even agreed he had been a bit lazy. Who knew a 13-year-old would agree that he was lazy? Or even agree with anything I said at all?

We talked a bit about sports and his plans for high school. My anxious boy who was once afraid to try new things has been surprising me lately. Last week, he went to a pick up water polo game at our community college so he could see if he liked the game. He left the house without even a hint of anxiety. I couldn’t believe it.

Next we ventured onto the topic of the girl who has been texting him lately. He shared a bit with me. I won’t say more about his personal business except to say that I was impressed by how mature he seems to be so far when it comes to girls.

The fact is, my adorable oldest baby boy is growing up. But I’m glad he still doesn’t mind talking to his mom when trapped in the car with her for 20 minutes on a beautiful day on the way to lacrosse.

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2013 EasterWFranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.


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