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Old 03-14-2013, 05:32 PM
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My boy is 18 and we have had countless hours working on, and enjoying the use of out '77.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:15 PM
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great short story! My son is almost 5 and i hope he turns out just like yours!
I have a troubled 15 y/o and this is a painful thread to read for me. Best advice I can tell you with the 5 y/o is "Don't let him get into the video games at too young of an age. Once they get started on that, it's hard to pull them away. Be active with him and try to get him outdoors."
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:35 PM
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Also, careful with ipods and internet freedom. My now 15yo had a massive issue last year with some friends texting and asking him advice on personal problems and fighting at all hours, keeping him up sometimes all night. I won't get into details but it got pretty bad and took a huge toll on him and his GPA.

We resorted to having two wifi systems in the house, one for him that is on from 7am to 9:30pm and one for my wife and I to use 24 hours that he can't access.

Other than that it's been pretty good with him. We get to work on the boat and cars together, play adult league hockey together when it's not his team's season, and he downhill skiis with me while I snowboard. I, too am dreading the day he leaves. My 10yo daughter I'm not too worried about yet.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:16 PM
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I've been working ( and fighting)with hobby and professional projects with my dad for 30 years. We fight like crazy (Not literally, just a power struggle) and he still knows more about most things than I do. Enjoy every minute of it.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:48 AM
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Also, careful with ipods and internet freedom. My now 15yo had a massive issue last year with some friends texting and asking him advice on personal problems and fighting at all hours, keeping him up sometimes all night. I won't get into details but it got pretty bad and took a huge toll on him and his GPA.

We resorted to having two wifi systems in the house, one for him that is on from 7am to 9:30pm and one for my wife and I to use 24 hours that he can't access.

Other than that it's been pretty good with him. We get to work on the boat and cars together, play adult league hockey together when it's not his team's season, and he downhill skiis with me while I snowboard. I, too am dreading the day he leaves. My 10yo daughter I'm not too worried about yet.
A lot of wireless routers have the ability to do access restrictions based upon the ethernet MAC address. That could get you back to one router. That is how I control my son's devices.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:12 AM
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This is a very very hard thread for me.

I'm not married, never been married, nor have kids. I do not have a relstionship with my father due to his behavior and choices. I'm 32 and he has never been around. It was too much for him to go to football games, baseball games, golf tournaments, or ski tournaments. I've skied tournaments for 10 years and have skied regular class C, regional level, and national level tournaments. He has always been too busy to attend and has never been to watch me compete one time.


All I can say is no matter how bad your kids piss you off, never give up on them. One day they will realize that they don't know everything and want to be around.

I have not hung out with him on a social level in about 15 yrs and I may speak to him 1 or 2 times per year until past year when it has gone to no communication. Birthdays, holidays, etc and no communication.

Everything that a son should learn from their dad has been missed and I have learned things on my own.

My younger married sister had her first child. He didnt even bother making the 3.5 hour drive from Ft Worth to Houston to be around for his first grandchild or be there for his daughter.

Just support your kids and they will be greatfull in the in the long run.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:40 AM
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I'm 73 now...my kids (3) are married with their own kids. My wife and I have always tried to be there for their activities what ever they were. Now I see our kids doing things with their kids and I reminisce of old times. Sometimes even get a little moist around the eyes;but here's the fun part... I get to do it all over again with the grand-kids now that they have started skiing. Only now I can correct some of the mistakes I made and that feels great.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:33 AM
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That is time that not only you will enjoy and later cherish but they will as well. My dad died when i was in High School and do not have many memories like that. However, I do have countless memories helping my grandfather on his farm and that is something that i wouldn't trade for anything. Simple tasks of changing the oil in the car or truck or larger ticket items like fixing broken tile or fixing things on the fly to get the job done are skills i am thankful to have. My grandfather passed away last April, and I really do miss him, but the memories like stated above are something i look back at and am forever grateful to have.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:45 AM
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My son has raced motorcycles since he was 9 and we have made some of the best memories of our life. I have watched him on a motorcycle from a little boy to the young man he is now. I have watched him mature in so many. I always tell him, right before the gate drops, to Ride hard, have fun, say a pray, and I love you. When he was around 11 years old he ask me one day. Why do you tell me all that? He just turned 18 last month and last time we were on the gate he turned to me with his helmet and goggles on and said, I love you too and thank you for everything you have done for me over the years. And man was I glad the sun was shining and I had my sunglasses on, because I was crying my eyes out under those glasses. It was then I realized I had raised and fine young man and couldn't have been more pride of him. People have ask me over the years. I can't believe you let your son race motorcycles, it's so dangerous. Yes he has had some broke bones, but I don't think there is any other sport that a father and son can bond like in motocross. It is so one on one. I am is coach, his sponsor, his mechanic, his track worker. We do it all together. Over the years working on bikes and working on his practice track together, we would see how quick we could get done so he could ride, now it's changed because we work a little and stop and talk a little. My point is, over the years how his thinking has changed from that he thought we were just working on a motorcycle or working on his practice track but for me then, it was spending time with him also. Now he sees that and he realizes it was time spent together also. At times this sport has financially put us in a bind but I would do it all over again. Spending time with your kids is priceless. Hopefully one day when he has some kids I will get that opportunity to do that with him and his son (or daughter).
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:17 AM
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It gets better with age. My dad and I used to be terrible together as he was perfectionistic in his ways. Now that I am older and am turning into the same person; it makes getting along and working on stuff together much easier. Turns out at some point we realize you may have been right all along; not that he/I would ever admit that....
Thanks JH, I really hope so. Seeing you and your father together helps that seem realistic.

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Sorry to hear that, I'm sure it will get better, at least everyone says it does.
I know I will have to make sure I don't hold a grudge.
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