HEARTBROKEN!!! 18 year old son is breaking my heart

Julie - posted on 04/20/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Just need a little advice. I have an 18 year old who is graduating High School in a month and then leaving for basic training for National Guard and I won't see him for almost 5 months. He makes A's and B's, is very talented with his music and science skills and stays very involved with our Church activities and always trying to teach others about our Christianity .. Everyone always tells me how charming and mature and intelligent and polite he is and that we have done a good job but what they don't know is that for about 3-4 years now, his attitude and disrespect towards me and his father are just unimaginable!! He talks down to us as if we are children and says he doesn't want to listen because he knows more than we do. Yells at us to shut up when we say anything that makes him angry and any little thing seems to make him upset. I can't even ask him how his day was or if he needs help with anything without getting a response like" if I need something I will ask, or I am not stupid I can do it myself!! Or I just get completely ignored! He has no respect at all for me and his father and we treat him with the utmost respect and punish him appropriately .. It just breaks my heart that he can yell at us like he hates us for no reason at all and make me cry every day all while he looks me straight in the face and says ... Oh stop your fake crying, you'll get over it like u always do!!" I am so distraught and afraid to even speak to him anymore but he is leaving soon and I don't want this kind of relationship before he leaves.. Any encouragement or thoughts??

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Marian - posted on 04/20/2015

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Maybe your son is just undergoing some things that makes him act like that. Perhaps he finds it difficult to share with you. What you do is to keep your tenacity in trying to create a good conversation with your son. Try to bring back all the good memories. If he ignores you then keep trying again. After all you are his mom. Whatever happens we would always forgive our children. And our children in the future would realize how much they hurt us or how much they had made as happy and proud. I don't know if this would help. Just be persistent. I'm sure everything will become smooth. You'll be blessed

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