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suggestions please!!! mommymassey 3 kids; Fort Worth, Texas 378 posts
12th Mar '13

sorry kind of long
My amazing DS just turned 13 years old on Feb 27. He is such a wonderful brother to his 2 yr old sister and is super excited about his little brother coming in May. Besides being an amazing young man (we do have some "teen" moments) he is extremely smart. He is above average on all his testing for school, he is in Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement classes. He is in the 7th grade. Now if that wasnt enough, He has been excepted into a program through Duke University and recently took the S.A.T. We got the scores back last week and I am blown away by how well he did. (I dont know how to post pics yet but I will as soon as I can)
But here is the break down.
Math: 590 (72% national 79% state for college bound seniors)
Reading: 530 (62% national 69% state for college bound seniors)
Writing: 410 (24% national 32% state for college bound seniors)



So after all that, my question is I wanted to do something special for him when we get our tax return to reward him for everything! Now if I leave it up to him, he will want the money to go buy video games. What would you do as a reward for his accomplishments as well as being so patient and caring toward his younger siblings?

Caydence's mommy 4/4/09 32 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 8491 posts
12th Mar '13

If it where me I would by him a new computer or laptop. That way he can use it for video games and homework. Or maybe even a tablet.

mommymassey 3 kids; Fort Worth, Texas 378 posts
12th Mar '13
Quoting Caydence's mommy 4/4/09:" If it where me I would by him a new computer or laptop. That way he can use it for video games and homework. Or maybe even a tablet."

I was thinking a new laptop but we already have tablets. My hubby works for Barnes & Noble so we got the Nook Tablets. plus we have limited internet access for the time being so he really just reads on it. I will talk to my hubby about that tomorrow. I like the idea of him not being on my laptop all the time..lol

Caydence's mommy 4/4/09 32 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 8491 posts
12th Mar '13
Quoting mommymassey:" I was thinking a new laptop but we already have tablets. My hubby works for Barnes & Noble so we ... [snip!] ... just reads on it. I will talk to my hubby about that tomorrow. I like the idea of him not being on my laptop all the time..lol"


I think a laptop of his own would be a great reward for all his hard work as long as he doesnt spend so much time on video games that his grades slip because of it. But all in all I think a laptop would be a great gift to show him how much you appreciate his hard work and everything.

mommymassey 3 kids; Fort Worth, Texas 378 posts
12th Mar '13
Quoting Caydence's mommy 4/4/09:" I think a laptop of his own would be a great reward for all his hard work as long as he doesnt spend ... [snip!] ... of it. But all in all I think a laptop would be a great gift to show him how much you appreciate his hard work and everything. "

absolutely. We are actually having a debate over the video games right now. Thats all he wants to do. He keeps his grades up and studies very hard so it doesnt effect his grades but it does concern me some that he doesnt want to socialize very much. We are working on it and it has been getting better but off topic there..lol I do have parental blocks and time blocks on my laptop and only allow him an hour a day on the gaming systems because he would literally spend all his free time on them (after homework of course) Now he is socializing more with his band friends (he plays the trumpet in the school band)

Caydence's mommy 4/4/09 32 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 8491 posts
12th Mar '13
Quoting mommymassey:" absolutely. We are actually having a debate over the video games right now. Thats all he wants to do. ... [snip!] ... on them (after homework of course) Now he is socializing more with his band friends (he plays the trumpet in the school band)"


LOL what 13 yo boy wouldnt spend his whole day infront of the tv playing some kind of video game if they could. I think I would be more worried if he showed no interest in those kind of things because every teenage boy's fav pass time that I know is zoning out on a video game. And on the plus side even if you get him his own laptop you can still put in all the parental blocks and parental monitoring programs you want on it.

mommymassey 3 kids; Fort Worth, Texas 378 posts
12th Mar '13
Quoting Caydence's mommy 4/4/09:" LOL what 13 yo boy wouldnt spend his whole day infront of the tv playing some kind of video game if ... [snip!] ... if you get him his own laptop you can still put in all the parental blocks and parental monitoring programs you want on it. "

true and true. Plus on DHs days off DS gets to spend a little more time playing games because they do that together. Must be a "boy" thing.