How My Teen Is Crushing It
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I think teens today get a bad rap.  Everyone expects them to be rude, uninterested, and lazy.  Not my teen.  Maybe it's because he's homeschooled and not around many teens, or maybe we did something right parenting him.  He's polite, passionate about his interests, and a hard worker.  Now that he's 14-years-old, I've watched him grow from a 6 pound 1 ounce newborn to a young man who at 5 feet 10 inches tall is 4 inches taller than I am!  As he's grown, so have his snacks.  When people tell you that teen boys will eat you out of house and home, believe them.  It's true!  But he's crushing it in life and with his snacks.

David is homeschooled, and he's worked hard to get a year ahead of where he's supposed to be.  He wakes up early every morning, usually before I get up, and starts working by himself.  Even as an adult, I know it's hard for me to be self-motivated sometimes, but he does a great job staying on task all day.  He's even thinking of attending college next year for his sophomore year of high school.  He's a very talented writer and wordsmith.

David has a quick wit and a tinder dry sense of humor.  He has an uncanny ability to fire off a retort without a moment's hesitation that makes everyone in the room laugh.

You'll rarely see him without a book in his hand.  Last year, he read Orwell for fun.  The librarians at the local library can't recommend a book that he hasn't read.  The librarian who covers the drive up window knows our vehicles because we are there several times a week picking up his holds.

David was diagnosed with autism when he was eight-years-old.  With therapy and a lot of support, he's able to function very well.  When We told him about his diagnosis, we told him that having autism meant that some things would be harder for him, so he would have to work harder.  "I can't" was never part of his vocabulary because we wouldn't let it be.

One of the things that David struggled with was eating.  He has always have a limited amount of foods he would eat, but yogurt was always top on his list.  As he's gotten older, his appetite has increased.  Yoplait Go Big are pouches of yogurt that he can eat at home or on the go.

I love Go Big because it has real fruit and no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors.  He loves the flavors, strawberry and mixed berry or peach mango and cherry.  I buy them at Walmart in the yogurt section.

Go Big challenged me to write a letter to my teen, and I accepted.  Here's an excerpt from my letter:

Dear David,  
When you were born, I held you all day, amazed at the little person you were.  Now, 14 years later, I watch you in amazement because you are now a young man.  I'm amazed that 14 years could pass by so quickly, and I'm amazed at what a great person we raised.  You've always had to work harder than your peers, and I think this will prepare you for a lifetime of success.  

I bet your teen is amazing too. Why not let Go Big spotlight that amazingness? For a chance to win the spotlight for your teen, go to the Go Big Amazing Teens contest page and share how your teen inspires you. Go Big will select three teens with amazing stories and give them a platform to show the world! For more information, full contest rules can be found on the Go Big Facebook Page.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.