22 year old son

Susan - posted on 09/13/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son lives 3,000 miles away and we haven't seen him too often since he started school 4 yrs. ago.
We see him approx. 3-4 times a year. I'm heartbroken but he has become very detached from us and his friends seem to be much more important to him than his father and me. What can I do to have him realize that family is first? We have always cherished him and done anything we could to have him be happy.

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Snowangel97 - posted on 09/14/2016

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Oh Susan, I'm so sorry that you feel this way. My family and I are going through something similar, so I can relate. My son is 1200 miles away and at college for the first time. It's been really challenging, since he and I've never been apart for more than 4 days! We make sure that he calls us every other day at least and send him care packages each month with treats and things that we think he needs.

This is a challenging time, because you will always see him as your little boy, but he is growing into an independent man. That's hard on us mamas! I would just focus on keeping the lines of communication open and look for opportunities to connect with him.What are some new ways you all can communicate?

As a reformed wayward child, just keep trying and eventually we all grow up and see the importance of families and connections. Praying for your family, Susan!

PS: I found this great site, List.ly that has TONS of information for all kinds of things! They had a bunch of articles on Empty Nests that have really helped me! Here's the link it you're interested!
http://bit.ly/2d6msGM

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