If you’ve got any teen boys living at your house, you know that they can eat a lot. It seems like my almost 13-year-old son is hungry from the time he wakes up in the morning to the moment his head hits the pillow at night. It’s practically a full-time job for me to keep groceries in our house.
I hear from other parents of teenage boys that this is totally normal. Active teen boys are growing and their bodies need a lot of fuel. My son lives and breathes football right now – so his appetite is always going into overtime.
I noticed something new in the yogurt section at my grocery store. Yoplait Go Big. They are a bigger yogurt pouch with a grip and rip top. They are specially designed to be the perfect on-the-go snacks for tweens and teens.
He recently got braces, so lately he has been eating even more yogurt than usual because it’s soft and easy for him to snack on. I grabbed a box of Go Big for him. All he has to do is rip the top of the pouch and slurp it down.
I’m pretty proud of my kid. He recently started a new school, got a new look — those braces make him look like a real teen, and joined the seventh grade football team. His life has changed a lot in the past couple months, but he is taking it all in stride. When Yoplait asked me to share what makes my teen special, I decided to write it out in a letter to him.
Did you know you and I have a special bond when it comes to milestones? Your firsts as a child are my firsts as a mother. You are my first baby, my first toddler, my first tween and later this year, you will become my first teenager (gulp!)
The tween years weren’t so bad. Thank you for going easy on me. You have been an awesome tween and I know you will continue to do amazing things as a teen.
I don’t know if I tell you this often enough: You are rocking it as a big brother. Your three younger brothers worship the ground you walk on. They want to be like you in every way, which is the main reason why I am always reminding you to set a good example. Your hugs and attention mean the world to them. We all love to spend time with you!
You are a great student. This year, you started middle school. It’s a lot different from elementary school, isn’t it? You’ve got lots of different teachers, a huge new school, an annoying locker that’s hard to open, and a lot more personal responsibility. I’m proud of you for making sure you do your assignments and for trying new things like your Percussion class.
You are a team player. I’m proud of you for working hard to be the best football player you can be. I am and always will be your #1 fan. You make me and your dad proud by showing good sportsmanship whether your team wins or loses the game.
One of my most favorite things about you is that if you decide to do something, you do it. Even if it’s hard, even if people are saying you probably can’t do it — you don’t listen to the naysayers. You know what you want and you try your best to make it happen. That’s a pretty neat quality to have in life. Hang on to that one.
You’re a great kid. I love you and can’t wait to enjoy many more firsts with you. Bring it on, teen years! Being your mom is a pretty cool job. I’m glad it’s mine.
Do you have a teen at home?
If you do, take a few minutes to write a letter to them. Tell them the positive things you see them doing in their lives. Encourage them to develop their passions and talents. Be their biggest fan!
Share your teen’s story on the Go Big Facebook page. Three inspiring teens will be chosen to SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH THE WORLD. Yours could be one of them! For more information, full contest rules can be found on the Go Big Facebook Page.
Find Go Big in your local grocery stores, Walmart and Target.
Fuel amazing with Go Big. Teens love the large grip and rip pouch!