You have always been my shining star - then, now and always! I'm so proud of who you were and who you've grown up to be. Don't ever change.

My Shining Star – Then, Now and Always!

This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  All opinions (and memories!) of My Shining Star – Then, Now and Always! are my own.

You have always been my shining star - then, now and always! I'm so proud of who you were and who you've grown up to be. Don't ever change.

Then

I’ll never forget the first time you picked up a baseball bat, you were 3, they were teenagers. You walked right up to them in the middle of their pick up game and asked if you could play. Your confidence was ten times bigger than you were and you showed it. They entertained you by throwing a few balls your way, and you swung and swung never fearing the ball or the bigger kids. That moment led to a passion for baseball for years to come.

Now

After years of playing baseball, you decided to put down the bat and pick up a basketball in high school. You were old enough to make these decisions for yourself and never afraid to make them. When you were needed by a rookie baseball team of 5-year-olds, you committed to a season of coaching them, voluntarily. You took on a responsibility in your teen years that adults weren’t able to commit too. You welcomed these young impressionable kids with open arms the same way you had once been welcomed to the sport of baseball so many years ago.

You have always been my shining star - then, now and always! I'm so proud of who you were and who you've grown up to be. Don't ever change.

My Shining Star

Those teenagers were your shining stars, then you became a shining star to a group of kids, but most importantly, you have always been my shining star.

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, wants you to remember that “during those moments when you feel the most challenged, draw from the memories of who your children really are.” Loved this article, Remember the Best In Your Child and See it in Your Teen, by Dr. Ken Ginsburg. The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is the guidebook all parents need while navigating the teenage years.

What are your Then and Now positive teen moments?

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Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I've done it all.

Comments (16)

  • How fast they grow – right before our eyes. Thanks for this reminder.

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  • What an awesome son!!

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  • What a nice tribute and yes keep those wonderful memories alive.

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  • Very inspiring, positive message

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  • Thank you for sharing! Communication can be a challenge sometimes! This was very helpful!

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  • Oh me, oh my, so darn cute!!! I was never into sports, looking back, those who weren’t missed out on a lot of fun and team learning.

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  • Beautiful message. ❤️

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  • I love thsi and he is such a little cutie you must be proud 🙂

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  • What a great post! He is such a cutie!

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  • What a lovely post, so sweet.

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  • Love is sweet post! Teen and parent communication is so important,

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  • Such a nice post. My heart goes out to you for the wedding day. OH my gosh. Every one else sees and adult while your are seeing your toddler or little T.ball player.

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  • Beautiful and touching post. It’s so wonderful that you’re still so close as I know it’s not easy to maintain those relationships as kids grow up.

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  • Awe, what a sweet message. Thanks for posting!

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  • they do grow up so fast ,thanks for sharing

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  • This is really sweet

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