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  1. I do agree with the ages you mentioned. My daughter turned 15 yesterday, and just started public school after being homeschooled her entire life. She struggled with wanting to fit in and talking and acting like everyone else did. She wasn't participating in anything unsafe, but talking in a way she should not have. I felt she was too immature for the iPod. I think at 17, the privacy becomes more necessary and natural, as long as the older teen is showing some good judgement, discernment, and making good decisions. If there is a hint of drug or alcohol abuse or irresponsible sexual behavior, I think the privacy becomes an enabler.
  2. Exactly. People cannot believe I read my daughters text messages, but I would not have discovered what she was talking about that she should NOT have been. I don't believe that teenagers need total privacy in regards to social media and internet access. There's too much out there.
  3. He is getting the new Guinness Book of World Records and the new Ripley's Believe it or Not book. He loves to browse those books. He's also getting a set of I Survived...books. They are way below his reading level (he loves the Eragon books which are freaking huge - I can't even finish those) but he enjoys the I survived because they're quick interesting reads. I bought a 10 pack of Newberry books from scholastic so he'll get some of those. Hope that helps!
  4. I have a 12 and a half year old son, so not quite 14, but I'll chime in anyway ☺ï¸. Under armour shorts (for wrestling practice - he specifically asked) An XBox One (the Madden bundle - for all the kids) Books A bag full of deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, body spray, underwear, socks, etc. New Orleans Saints pj bottoms and t shirt Levi's Under armour hoodie
  5. If she is making poor choices, she is probably not mature enough to have a smart phone. I would get her a flip "dumb" phone for calling and texting only - no internet access unless she is at home with your supervision, on a laptop or Kindle, tablet etc. My daughter did not make good choices on her iPod (texting) so we took it away. She misses texting her friends, but it's the price she paid for not being trustworthy. She is allowed to use my phone to call her friends and vice versa.
  6. So the first of November, I put a bucket and a stack of post it notes by our front door. I told everyone to write something they were thankful for each day until Thanksgiving - big or small. My kids range in age from 5-15. We read all of them after lunch yesterday. It was such a sweet time! Seeing everything from the usual "my family" and "food", to "new wrestling shoes", "going to see Wonder", "the veterans", "second chances", "running water and flushing toilets", "my Bible" "hugs"... and I could go on and on. I just wanted to share. I think we just started a new Thanksgiving tradition!
  7. Perfume - Tocco Emelia Scrabble dictionary (I'm a dork) Nike's Some cable knit sweaters from Old Navy in different colors Under Armour sweats and hoodie
  8. Sports equipment New shoes (my 12 year old son loves new sneakers) Under armour hoodie New backpack or duffle bag Nice water bottle Pocket knife Dart board Foosball table Favorite sports team memorabilia Tickets to something Gift cards Skateboard Wood burning kit
  9. I don't like cranberry sauce or sweet potato casserole. (I like my sweet potatoes roasted or fried.) I don't like pie, either.
  10. https://m.kohls.com/product/prd-1159483/eastland-kelsey-slip-on-shoes-women.jsp?ci_mcc=ci&utm_campaign=EC%20MISSES%20SHOES&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=google&utm_product=93161805&CID=shopping15&utm_campaignid=196833692&gclid=Cj0KCQiAl8rQBRDrARIsAEW_To-NAj7CTUehtfxHSiGCoG7rN8zXVIaIUe4rPveIsucw0fF_jCIvBjQaAvp2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CNavlL2SztcCFa6xswodfRQIeQ I love these! I wear them all the time with everything. They are so comfortable.
  11. I like hash brown casserole, corn on the cob, Mac and cheese casserole, cornbread dressing (mmmmm my fave)...
  12. I just got the X Box One Madden bundle for $225 from Best Buy. I know Kohl's has it $190 Black Friday (no Madden bundle though) and the Madden 18 game is $60 by itself. So I feel like I found a good deal but maybe not the Best. And I was worried they'd sell out, so I didn't wanna wait. Several stores are already out of stock.
  13. It seems to me, from reading all of these answers, that it is mainly the parents fault that these millennials feel entitled? If the parents are paying their way, enabling their behavior and immaturity to continue? Or am I wrong? Note: I said "mainly", and I'm not stating this as a fact - just an observation/question. All of the examples have the parents as the enabler. I'm a millennial, and I am not a snowflake. I have never felt entitled. Nothing has ever been given to me. My parents weren't poor, but they had no extra money. My husband and I made very little money when we first married. We barely scraped by, but we were happy. Now that he has a wonderful paying job, we are still happy.
  14. Those are both really good ideas. I've seen the how to draw books on Amazon for pretty cheap. I'll have to look into the boogie board. That would be great to take in the car when we are on the go! Where do you buy them?
  15. My seven year old son loves anything to do with art - especially drawing. He goes through pages and pages of paper each week. I would like to get him something art - related for his "want" gift, but I'm sort of stuck. We have lots of craft supplies accessable to him, paper, pencils and everything. But I'd like to get him something special. Any ideas??
  16. What about a small video camera? Or a stop motion camera where she could make movies?
  17. I just bought them all new (name brand) sneakers and good boots. I don't want to do clothes because of "something you wear". My mom is getting them each a bedding set. I'm thinking maybe a new sports bag for baseball/softball season? They won't need it until March/April, but they are all playing ball (some at school some in summer league).
  18. So I'm going with the 4 gift guideline - something to wear something to read something you want something you need. But I can't think of anything my kids need. I was thinking a small bag with toothbrushes, soaps, etc. But what else could go in there? Any other ideas? I have a 15 dd, 12 ds, 9 dd, 7 ds, 5 ds
  19. I also wanted to add that last year I got my husband a really nice Bible. He loves it. So for the Christian/religious husband: A nice leather Bible A leather Bible case A Bible concordance, dictionary, or commentary (Christian book.com often puts these on sale between Thanksgiving and Christmas) Bible on CD Sermons on CD or DVD (my husband likes listening to these during his commute to work) Bible movies (again, Christian book has great deals on these)
  20. Really nice thermos or coffee tumbler A nice pocket knife Thermals
  21. I go to sleep no later than 9 pm and usually 8:30! I'm up at 4 every morning though. I make my husband's lunch, see him off to work (he leaves at 4:30), read my Bible, take a bath/shower, and have lots of time to do stuff before I start waking kids up!
  22. I love this easy peanut butter candy: Bring 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of light Karo, and 1 cup of peanut butter to a boil. Remove from heat. Fold in 6 cups of cornflakes. Drop onto wax paper until firm. My kids love these and always ask for then. Just make sure the mixture comes to a full boil and immediately remove from heat. I also love to so sugar cookies the kids can Frost and decorate. We also do peanut butter cookies with chocolate pretzels for antlers, a red M and M for a nose and green M and M for eyes. ETA: to look like reindeer
  23. I would definitely lay down with her until she fell asleep. My five year old still needs me to do this, and my seven year old doesn't NEED me to, but loves when I do. I look at it like this - they're only little once. If they need their mommy at night, then Mommy needs to be there. The more you comfort her now the quicker this will go away. I wouldn't expect an 8 year old to fall asleep without me if she was experiencing anxiety.
  24. I would definitely get a Kindle fire over a cheap tablet. We have both, and the Kindle fire is by far the faster and easier to use of the two.
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