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A Letter to My Son

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Dear Son,

It seems like it was yesterday we were ecstatic over the arrival of our pride and joy. That’s why it’s hard for us to believe that you’re now in the 5th grade. We loved every bit of that 6 lbs. and 11 oz. baby. Alongside the cuteness was that head full of dark hair that I’ll always remember.

We knew that raising a baby, especially for the first time, is both exciting and challenging. Each child is unique and it was imperative that we learn to understand, respect, support and encourage the unique characteristics and abilities of you.

From the time you took your first step on your own, a new phase in development began. You were free to roam around and explore your environment. We knew then that the time would come way too soon for us to give you more freedom since the day would come for you to go to school.

There was also a stage of physical and mental capacity development preparing you for starting school, which included interacting cooperatively with peers while at the same time being able to compete physically and mentally. We are now in the position to be your coach, providing just the right combination of encouragement, support, and guidance. We also serve as your primary teacher for the mastery of your learning skills, and try to encourage active discussion and experimentation of new concepts and skills.


We love watching you learn and try new activities, applauding your accomplishments in your subjects and at school recitals are some of the high points for us. However, achieving success in life will often come preceded with learning to accept your weaknesses as well as celebrating and building on strengths. We promise to be excellent coaches for you no matter what you endeavor.

You have now become ready for more independence. However, learning to make good choices and exercise self-discipline does not always come easy. As you struggle with these important tasks, we will always provide praise and encouragement for achievement, but also allow you to sometimes experience the natural consequences for your behavior or provide logical consequences to help you learn from your mistakes.

Son, we’re proud of you in whatever you do: everyday life, school, trying to stay as an honor roll student, recitals, and athletics (since you love soccer). Thanks for making us proud to be your parents. Every day with you is a gift!

Your Parents


My son used to be one of the pickiest eaters, but that all changed once he got older. One of his go-to snacks is yogurt. That’s why the Yoplait® Go Big™ is the perfect snack for hungry tweens like himself. It comes in a grip-and-rip pouch, making it ideal for on-to-go for tweens and teenagers alike that are always on-the-go! It will satisfy their growing hunger with real fruit and the perfect amount of sweetness.


Go Big™ recognizes and wants to elevate how amazing teens are today. They write music, speak Japanese, code HTML5, the list goes on and on. Go Big™ was created with these teens in mind so they can crush their snack single-handedly, just like they crush everything in their life single-handedly.


This is the best of times of motherhood since we’re able to sit back and watch our child who is no longer a child develop their passions and talents as well as chase after their dreams. Go Big™ wants you to share on Facebook what makes your tween or teen amazing and ultimately how this amazingness inspires you. Three teens will be chosen to share their amazing stories with the world!


Tell me about your tween or teen(s). How do they inspire you? In fact, I encourage you to write a letter to them for them to cherish for years to come.

This post is produced in collaboration with Yoplait Go Big, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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HilLesha O'Nan resides in Newburgh, Indiana with her husband and 3 children. She's a lifestyle blogger that enjoys photography, fashion + beauty, traveling + adventure, gardening, and interior decorating.

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Hello! I’m HilLesha, and I live in Newburgh, Indiana, with my husband and 3 children. I love photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. Additional info. Please get in touch with me at HilLesha@gmail.com.

I’m also the founder of The Beauty Counter.


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