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[Susan notes: Almost a hundred readers sent e-mail messages to the Parenting columnist Michael Winerip last week after he wrote about the joys and the challenges of parenting his 17-year-old twins through their high school years. This is one.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Thank you for sharing the trials and tribulations of your wonderful teenage sons. The story could not have come at a better time for my husband and myself as we had just finished reviewing our high school freshman’s report card. You described our darling boy perfectly to a T, right down to grabbing a breakfast sandwich on his way into finals as we are chasing him with his review notes! As we brace ourselves for the next three years, we too are learning daily from our “good time Charlie” One of our biggest revelations is that they will be who they are ... which may not be our preconceived notion of a high honors Harvard bound student. (But we can still dream!) In spite of our sleepless nights worrying whether he turned in all his assignments, we embrace his sparkling, funny personality and enjoy having his hoards of friends around. Our son’s high school principal said that his ability to relate so well to people will bring him more success than any honors course in mathematics. Count your blessings that your boys have such a great gift. They make us better people. Best of luck to them (and you!) in their freshman year of college.

Ann MacAndrew

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