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  1. Jamie Rohanna says:

    My 13 year old nephew is having problems with his best friends ignoring him at times & he doesn’t understand why? My nephew & the two other boys have lived in the same neighborhood since the were toddlers…They are involved in sports, other activities, get good grades & get along most of the time but with there being three of them my nephew sometimes feels left out. Sometimes it seems to be because my nephew is not yet interested in having a girlfriend(My nephew has had girlfriends in the past but told me he wants to continue being a kid and have fun rather than have to call & check in all the time LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but the other boys are, & sometimes they ignore him & leave him out of things for no apparent reason? Like I said they seem to get along most of the time but I would appreciate any suggestions on how I can help him when they do ignore him. Thank you so much!!

  2. Wanted to send a quick thank you. I have been sharing your teen boys posts on Facebook. The other night a friend of mine shared about encountering a hard situation with her 17 year old son. She turned to me and said that she’d been reading the posts I’d shared and felt like because of them she came into this situation with a tool belt that she otherwise wouldn’t have had. And it was very clear from the way she talked about how she handled this situation compared to how she has handled others in the past that this made a big difference. I just about cried to see the growth in her and at the hope it gave me for this young man. Thank you!

    1. Katie–I want to thank YOU for that encouraging story. Wow, seriously made my day. Bless you for sharing and give your friend some big high fives from one mom on the journey, to another. So happy. Really, thank you!

  3. I have a 14 yr old son in 8th grade who has anxiety and depression issues. He is on an antidepressant and is in counseling. He has no friends to hang out with but will sit and talk (a little) with one boy at lunch at school. Do you have anything to help me help him with his anxiety? Thank you.

    1. Thank you for commenting Kristy. I know you are not alone–this is more common than you (or your son) might think! I would really recommend you talk to a professional therapist, since this is not my specialty. I don’t know all of the details of your son’s situation, but certainly I would still suggest you try to help him plug into a youth group, team or other social setting that is non-threatening and welcoming. You might have to do some research or ask around to other parents to see what is available. All the best to you! aloha-

  4. anne palmer says:

    Wow! Very good food for thought! Sharing with all my fellow moms of teens ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Monica! Keep ’em coming! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  5. My questions are for your teens:
    What is the one thing you think parents need to understand about teens?
    If you want to be supportive of your teen, always ________________ and never __________________.

    Just curious if your guys would share their thoughts right from the middle of the teen years. Of course I understand if that feels too public for them…

    1. Awesome Shannon! Thank you. I’ll give it a go and see if they play. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Look for this and more in my q and a post! Aloha to you and keep being awesome!

  6. My boys are 12 and 14, this couldn’t be more perfect for us. Thank you Monica. Also, you would really enjoy someone who came to speak at my sons high school this month, Tyler Durman. I bought his book: “counter intuitive” what 4 million teenagers wish we knew… It is great, he is great. Funny, light hearted, touches on a lot of the things you mention here. He is also Christian and I feel you would really like what he had to say on this topic of teens. I highly recommend it! His website is: http://www.bswisdom.com Stands for bite-sized wisdom! Thank you as always Monica! ~Jana

    1. Thank you Jana! So glad to hear it.
      I have never heard of Tyler Durman, but I’ll check out his site now! (haha, bswisdom. so funny.)
      Much aloha to you!

  7. Monica! This is excellent! I feel like my first three turned out great but we are struggling with the last one. This is such a great reminder and so encouraging even to an old veteran mom like me ๐Ÿ˜‰