Two Teens And Their Mama: Proud To Be His Mom

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Proud To Be His Mom


On Monday my older son had a very important test, and he had been studying for weeks.  I actually got up early and made him breakfast (if you know me, you're falling over in shock right now), and then waited impatiently all morning for his call.

It finally came in around noon, and when I answered he simply said "Mom, I aced it."  Tears came and I was filled with pride.  We talked briefly and then he headed off to work.

As I thought about his latest accomplishment, I was reminded again about how far he's come.  I wrote last June about his path in My Son Found His Passion, and next to my story about meeting Ellen DeGeneres, it remains my most popular post.  I received so many kind, supportive comments and I wanted to give you an update on C's progress.

He's currently nine months into the two year T-Ten program, and is still loving it.  C is number one in his class of fifteen students, and has "aced" two certification exams.  He just got promoted at work, and except for the long hour each way commute, really enjoys his job.  He attends school four days a week, and works three.  It's a brutal schedule, but he does it with a smile on his face, because it's his passion.



One of the biggest parenting surprises has been how proud I am of my boys. No matter how happy I am with my own accomplishments, nothing compares to the all-encompassing pride I feel watching C and T find their way in this life.

Raising kids, especially teenagers, is HARD.  There are times you wonder what in the world you were thinking, becoming a parent.  You're exhausted, frustrated, and even angry some days.  You love them, but do not like them - at all.

And then they do something that makes you proud.  "Mom, I aced it" makes every single hard moment worthwhile.

24 comments:

  1. Raising a teen is very hard... so hard that when I raised my first one I thought no way would I do it again...here I am doing it again, lol...

    My oldest turned out great and I am proud if her, my youngest is just starting... so far so good.

    That is awesome about your son, I'm very happy for him :-)

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    1. I thought babies were hard until I got to the teen years!

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  2. Wow that is so amazing! So happy for him and for you. I got a little choked up, thinking that one day my kids are going to be calling me and saying the same thing to me and I will be crying tears of joy for them. Being a parent really is the best.

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    1. Parenting is definitely the best and hardest job!

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  3. Proud, indeed! Those simple bonding moments do have a way of melting the ice off the hard, don't they? Congrats to all of you, Lana! :)

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  4. Aw, I love this. High fives, eldest child.

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  5. Congrats! and you should be proud of him, he sounds like a wonderful young man with a lot of great accomplishments ahead of him. Isn't is great when you get that proud feeling and tears starte filling your eyes uncontrollably...I know the feeling Lana. Enjoy it you had a lot to do with where he is now.
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Thanks Nora. It's amazing how proud we feel about our children, and it just grows as they get older!

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  6. I think we should call him ACE now instead of C! Way to go!!! =0)

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  7. I'm just getting started on the teen years and always love reading your posts on these topics! Your son is an amazing young man! Congrats to him!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill. The teen years are a challenge, but wonderful in their own way.

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  8. Congratulations to your son! Such a wonderful thing to hear and I can see why you're proud!!

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    1. Thank you so much. We are pretty proud of him!

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  9. Congratulations to your son, and to you! My mom raised five teens at once and I remember how each of our successes were so celebrated by her. Now that I'm a mom, I really get it.

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    1. Wow, five teenagers! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be so proud of our kids?

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  10. Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!

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  11. )That's awesome Lana! My son has been messing with cars his whole life with his real father(my ex-husband) so I understand that passion. My son didn't make a career out of it he works for the railroad but he does it in his spare time and that is what he did in the Marines worked on trucks and drove convoys. I am so happy that he is following his dreams!

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    1. Thanks Rena! It's so wonderful when we can see our kids doing something they enjoy - from our end we know how important that is!

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