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I must say I would do the same as this mother...not sure if thats good or bad? I think it is called being the mother of a teenager in a world gone so worldly. It is a hard case when your child does not share with you(as most do not) I just feel if we have the upper hand we are certainly better equipped to guide them. They dont need to know we know?? Oh I dont know it is a tricky one- but a good question to ask ourselves as parents. What is the rule here? Thank you for asking this question in this way! Glady my fourteen year old does not have a 'notebook'...yet. And do I really want to know EVERYTHING in her head? Actually yes I do:) What if she wrote in her book about the use of drugs? Would it be ok than to have read it?
Beautifully written to make one ask these 'burning' questions. Nice title by the way:)
Good job of presenting the mind and thoughts of a loving parent, concerned for her child. Nicely written, good message. God bless~
I enjoyed this and could really relate. They are sweet little girls one moment and the next teens facing problems we can't fathom. Keeping the conversation open about anything and everything is key to surviving these difficult years.

Double space between paragraphs to give the reader that important white space.

At first I wasn't sure if I liked the ending. My amenity wanted to know if she was hanging out with boys, experimenting with drugs or something less sinister. But after thinking about it, I do like the open. Each reader can picture for themselves what robbed the daughter's innocence. This was well-written and an enjoyable read
Congratulations. God bless~
This is so good and well deserving of 1st place - many congratulations. Your story touched a real nerve and I read with baited breath. I so did not want her to open that book! I have learned hard lessons on this subject and wisdom learnt has come at a cost. I am sure all mothers can relate. Well done - fantastic writing.
Congratulations! This was VERY well-written. The open ending was an excellent stroke, provoking reflection and consideration.
Oh now! &*$%# and everything else those measly 750 words!

Outstanding job of capturing the tumultuous emotions of the mother of a teenager! As I recall 8th grade was terror for both of my kids and myself as they made there way through it.

Huge congratulations on such a wonderful job with those measly 750 words! Left me wanting to turn the page!
their way that is...
Congratulations Maggie on your well deserved first place level and EC win!
CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN, MAGGIE! Not only for Level 2, but for Editor's Choice. WOWZERS! You must be thrilled. :)

Your story touched something in me as well. I have a 13 year old 8th grade daughter. Her room, however, is perfectly kept for some unexplainable reason, so when reading about the messy room, my mind went to my 16 year old daughter's room, which is pretty much exactly how you describe!

But then the notebook. Oh the notebook. To read or not to read?

Dr. Laura would say READ! I think the situation is different for every parent, though. WIth the direction of God, we have to decide what is right in our circumstance, with each particular child. I don't think there is a right or a wrong answer, but in general, I do support any parent who chooses to read and find out what is going on in their teen's head.

I've read texts and facebook posts to see what my kids are up to, and looked at the history of what websites they've been to. We have to watch out for our kids, who can easily be ensnared by the evil that lurks among us.

Excellent writing and a well deserved win. Congrats!

Congratulations! Very well written.
Congratulations! You really hit a bullseye to heart of every mom to a tween or teen (like me). I admit that I would probably do the same as well. And feel the guilt, too. Great writing!
Congratulations Margaret!

Well written and thought provoking. I don't have any teenage daughters, but my great-neice is also going through the secretive stage--adult and child at the same time.

I am not sure what I would have done, but today we live in such a different time than when I grew up.
This is truly a fantastic insight into the world of other mothers. I am a mother of 5 spanning 3 decades, my youngest now almost 13. She too has Notebooks, and an iPod Touch and many secrets. I wonder too what she writes and reads, just like you and so many others. However, I trust in God, I keep my faith that God will watch over her and I will resist the temptation of spying on her; even if I think I should. Something I think many mothers especially forget to do; is simply "ask" if they may "share" in their children's lives willingly. The child can only say "no". But many you will find acually say "yes", although a little reluctantly at first. It is such a hard temptation to resist and such a difficult challenge of our faith. Though I do believe, to share is far greater a joy than to share in the betrayal of trust our children place in us. God Bless.
Best of the Best!! Congratulations!