Positive or Negative?

When you find this book in the back seat of your car that your lovely
17 year-old daughters have been driving around in all summer…


Is it a positive or a negative?

Counting on all of you to tell me…

Should I be worried?

Or should I be rejoicing?

I’ll be waiting here patiently for your answers – just type them in the comment section below.


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  1. 1
    Diane says:

    I guess it could go either way.
    Since they are still in high school, I don’t really think you have anything to worry about for a year or so. The positive is that they are looking ahead and planning their futures. Negative…your girls are growing up and getting ready to face the big, nasty world.

  2. 2
    Tina Ruddell says:

    I’m just thankful that mine are 7 and I’ve got at least 11 years to go before I might find something similar in my car. It’s good if they’re ready, bad if they’re not, scary either way!

  3. 3
    Ann says:

    Wait…’crappy’ apartment by ourselves is OUR dream!! Take a good look through the apartment finder before you throw it away! lol

  4. 4
    Sherra says:

    Diane » I’m not *too* worried as they are still so unprepared financially to be on their own, it’s scary!!

    Tina » Savor the moments while they’re still young(er) and you still have some control!!

    Ann » I saved the book so we can look through it together but I really need one for a beach town. ROFL

  5. 5
    Melinda says:

    ha ha ha, I’m not touching this one with a 10 foot pole since I have daughters the same age. Guess I better go peruse the back seats of THEIR cars since they don’t drive mine. Seriously I know one daughter is ready to go, one of mine is not. I MIGHT have to look for an apt for her when she’s 30 and still at home, lol.

    You didn’t say if you had asked them about it. Did you just find it AFTER they left for school this morning?? Can’t wait to hear the answer. Of course it’ll probably be the standard teenage answer – That’s not OURS!! LOL

  6. 6
    Tammy says:

    I guess the way you look at this would determine their behavior today. If you have recently received a call from the principle, then you might encourage them to look harder! Maybe even peruse it yourself and mark a few pages. If they have been angels helping out around the house, asking what they can do to help you and make your life easier, I would suggest you burn it and then lock them inside the house so that they don’t lose this desire to serve you, their amazingly wonderful mother!

  7. 7
    Joan says:

    Oh, maybe she’s just thinking of doing a make-over in her room at home.
    Even if she is thinking about having her own apartment one day, this magazine might be just the rude awakening she needs unless she is financially independent, e.g. has received a grand inheritance from her spinster aunt. My college-age grandchildren are finding apartment/house rentals exorbitant even when they share with several other students.

    However, it wouldn’t hurt to share your discomfort with her…a teachable moment for both of you…and an opportunity for a healthy discussion.


  8. 8
    Sherra says:

    Melinda » I didn’t have to ask them because they had already told me their *plan* a few days before school started. I listened intently and tried not to laugh. Then I found the magazine.

    Tammy » I’ll definitely help them go through the magazine and go visit the apartments with them!

    Joan » Right on target! We had a discussion before I found the magazine and I had them list the bills they would have in an apartment and how much they planned to make weekly at their jobs. I wish I had videotaped the conversation. {tiny lol}

  9. 9
    Wendy says:

    I used to look at those magazines when I was their age. I dreamed of living on my own, and I thought it must be so cool to live in apartment. I loved (and still do to this day) looking at floor plans in any kind of magazine. And hey, this one was free!

    Don’t assume anything negative, just ask them (innocently), “Hey, I found the strangest thing in my car today, do you know where it came from?” See what they say.

    If they can afford to move out at their age, I’m going to get a job at Publix!

  10. 10
    Sherra says:

    Wendy » Ahhh, the dream of the first apartment and independence! Is there something wrong with me that I think it would be cool to live in an apartment {by myself}? 😉

  11. 11
    nancy says:

    bad either way……but could be worse…imagine what you “could have found”!? However, now thinking more….had it been me, I would have been “dreaming” at that age of what was ahead to come. Having said that…it’s a different day now! Sorry! (again, bad either way)

  12. 12
    Sharté says:

    we found that at the mall aren’t you proud of them :]]]