Helen - posted on 03/12/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
I have two teenage sons (16 and 17) and right now my 17 year old is breaking my heart. He is going to school, excelling in sports and has a nice group of friends. The problem? He is downright rude in tone and attitude to me, one word answers to anything I ask, barely acknowledging my presence in a family conversation, etc. This is my genius child, so if he wants to cut you down without actually crossing the behavior line, he can and he does.
My husband says it's just a stage but I'm angry with him as well for allowing anyone to be so rude to me in his presence, including our son!
My son says it's all my imagination and that he isn't angry with me.
I had a very hard time with this child as a two year old (stubborn) and one time made my biggest parenting mistake at that age by telling him if he didn't act better he would have to go live in the "home for bad boys". I have apologized to him for this over all the years but wonder if that's why my darling son appears to hate me now?
Advice? Ideas? Encouragement?