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A Shrug is NOT a Conversation
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An article I wrote was published on My Life. My title was "A Shrug is Not a Conversation," but it didn't really explain that the article was about my son and I living together. However, if you have a teenager, you would get it right off. To see the whole article, follow the link: http://www.mydaily.com/2011/06/15/how-my-son-and-i-got-past-living-in-si...

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How My Son and I Got Past Living in Silence Posted Jun 15th 2011 at 8:00AM by Wendy Gager

My son and I are going to have a great year and be so close.

That was what I thought when my husband and daughter moved two-and-a-half hours away for his new job. My son is a senior, and I agreed to live in a small apartment with him to let him finish his schooling with his friends and soccer pals.

The rose-colored glasses I wore must have been scarlet, because it's the first week and nothing is working like I planned. I thought I would be the cool mom and hang with my son and his friends. Not. I barely see him. After school, he has practice or games and other social commitments. Those fun dinners are just me eating alone in a silent


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A Shrug

When my girls were very little, in Pre-K and K, I couldn't get them to tell me anything about their days. They would tell me I was annoying them. Just a few years later, they want to tell me every agonizing detail, including bathroom breaks, every single person they talked to at school, you get the idea.

I have to admit I love it. Sometimes, I have to prod them along because there's only 24 hours in the day, but I would hate to revert back to the begging to know that they ate at lunch time or to find out who they played with at recess. Kudos to you for managing to strike a suitable compromise!


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Do girls talk more?

Holli: I think talking is more genetic in girls, at least from what I've seen. Keeping that line of communication is key as they get older. I'm not sure I ever had much of one with my son. He always just went along with whatever...