How to cope when your son is going to prison for awhile?

Sandra - posted on 08/01/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son recently got arrested in a white collar crime, he is 19 years old, had the best opportunities but love so much money that became so greedy. I talked to him over and over but never listen.
He is in another state, I have no family in that state and is a 16 hour away from me. Not that I planning to do the time with him, but perhaps see him once in while. It hurt so much!!

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Sandra - posted on 08/05/2015

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Thank you for the encouragement, I have spoken to him and you are absolutely right . He had options and he made his choice. I pray a lot for strength and wisdom. I also pray for him. I will continue to be there my mail, whenever I can visit etc. Thanks

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/01/2015

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Sandra, understand that your son's choices are NOT a result of how you raised him, but of how he perceives things in life. If necessary, talk to a therapist about things. They can help you see the clear behind all of the muddled feelings.
As far as seeing him/communicating with him...Generally those who are incarcerated can earn 'good behaviour' perks like being able to make and receive calls, but until then, they can still receive mail, as well as send. You may not be able to visit often...I know my pocketbook wouldn't support many trips of that length, but you may be able to visit often enough that the other modes of communication combined with the visits will let him know that you're supportive of him, even if you don't agree with the choices that got him there.
Hang in there! It's quite likely that this stint may turn him around. I know it only took once for my nephews to get on the right track...and one was pretty well sunk for a bit.

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