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April 25, 2010

Bonding with My Son through Blogging

Googlesearch Last winter my nineteen year old son was stuck in the house due to a snowstorm and we had some great bonding time together. He actually told me about something that happened that made him think I was cool, or at least that my blogging is.

We were discussing our favorite TV show, Lost, as we often do. He told me that a week or two before he did a search on Google to find a recap for the latest Lost episode. My blog, Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology, came up at the top of the search rankings. He was so impressed that this could happen to his mom's blog. He even told some of his friends and they were impressed. It isn't everyday that my son brags about something I did to his friends. Usually when teens mention their moms it is to complain. (However, it took him a few weeks to remember to tell me this story).

While we were talking I told him of a few other phrases that I knew always brings many visitors to my blog (ex. Life on Mars songs). He tried searching them and lo and behold they all came up within the top five results on Google. He got more impressed as time went on. That lead to a discussion of the TV shows, music and movies that I write about, which really created a full circle, because discussing these things with my sons is what gave me the idea to write Connect with your Teens with Pop Culture and Technology.

I wish we could have these conversations more often, but I do understand that at that age, it is normal to want to spend all of your time with friends. I know that I did. I have hope that there will come a day, when his parents might be almost as important to him as his friends.

Original 50-something Moms Blog Post by Jennifer Wagner who also writes at the New York Parenting Teens Examiner and Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology

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