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Old 05-14-2015, 08:33 PM   #31
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It's not just the kids, it's also the parents.

No one ever layed in on his death bed and said, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time in the office."

Once they're grown and gone, they're grown and gone.

Listen to Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. It says it all.



He died at 38 in a car accident.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:02 PM   #32
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We are able to go almost every weekend from May to October. Sometimes the teenagers come along, and sometimes they don't. We try to work a compromise. We've only had our motorhome for a year, and the kids aren't as enthusiastic as we are about going. My senior in high school graduates in 3 weeks and just got his first job. I'm hoping to get him to go once or twice. My 14 year old will have to go more often and I will let him bring a friend. I honestly think I will have more luck convincing my 25 year old to go!
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:42 AM   #33
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It's not just the kids, it's also the parents.

No one ever layed in on his death bed and said, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time in the office."

Once they're grown and gone, they're grown and gone.

Listen to Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. It says it all.



He died at 38 in a car accident.

Amen. I don't "get it" when it comes to a lot of things, but I'm glad I understand this now as opposed to figuring it out on my death bed like I fear many do.
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I'll also add.... I don't have teenagers yet, so I don't want to speak out of ignorance. But I was a teenager at one point, so I do at least have that perspective. With that being said, it seems to me that teens REALLY need quality family time and guidance rather than to be handed over to the influences of friends and the world, right? They are struggling to figure out who they are, what they want to be, form their own identity and so on. Just doesn't seem like the time to hand them off to other influences, the vast majority of which are going to be seriously detrimental to them both short and long term. So while they may THINK they don't WANT to be around family during that phase of their life, in my opinion they NEED it.
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I'll also add.... I don't have teenagers yet, so I don't want to speak out of ignorance. But I was a teenager at one point, so I do at least have that perspective. With that being said, it seems to me that teens REALLY need quality family time and guidance rather than to be handed over to the influences of friends and the world, right? They are struggling to figure out who they are, what they want to be, form their own identity and so on. Just doesn't seem like the time to hand them off to other influences, the vast majority of which are going to be seriously detrimental to them both short and long term. So while they may THINK they don't WANT to be around family during that phase of their life, in my opinion they NEED it.
X2........Some are way to easily influenced by peers.....
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