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Old 01-14-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I'm a teenager (as is my brother). My mom says some of the things she worried about when we were younger are trivial compared to all the trouble we could get into now. She's grateful that we grew up to be good teenagers.

When my mom sees or hears a story of overbearing parents of young kids, she says to herself "just wait until they're teenagers"
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old at home. I have loved watching them grow up and develop little personalities...And I keep thinking about what they are going to be like when they are adults. I know it's impossible to predict what they will be like, but for those who have adult children, how much of their infant/toddler personality do you see in them as an adult? What about physical appearance? Do they generally look "the same" or do they look like totally different people (aside from the obvious)?

I know these questions may sound silly, but I'm just curious to hear from other parents what it is like to have seen their little ones grow up into adults. Thanks.
It's like younger siblings - they just look weird when they get big. You still see the baby or child they really are but they're tall and old looking. It's really warped. It's like looking at old looking little kids.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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I'm a teenager (as is my brother). My mom says some of the things she worried about when we were younger are trivial compared to all the trouble we could get into now. She's grateful that we grew up to be good teenagers.

When my mom sees or hears a story of overbearing parents of young kids, she says to herself "just wait until they're teenagers"
Agreed. Looking back at the thigns I worried about when my kids were 2, 3, 4 years old, I can kind of laugh... oh, if only I knew! While my oldest is only 10, we host exchange students, and oh my goodness, the WORRYING that accompanies teenagers! It is so much more mentally exhausting to have big kids to keep up with... while in the early years, it's physically exhausting.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Agreed. Looking back at the thigns I worried about when my kids were 2, 3, 4 years old, I can kind of laugh... oh, if only I knew! While my oldest is only 10, we host exchange students, and oh my goodness, the WORRYING that accompanies teenagers! It is so much more mentally exhausting to have big kids to keep up with... while in the early years, it's physically exhausting.
Excellent post! What a great way to put it. Yes, when they're little, it's physically exhausting, trying to keep up with them. When they're older (even adults), it's emotionally exhausting, worrying about them, although, in their early teen years, it can be pretty exhausting when they're all involved in activities that you're trying to keep up with them all...be there for all of them. I'd rather have that though, than teens who don't get involved in positive activities....you know, the ones that they desperately want to hide from you?
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