mother to 5 boys

Janelle - posted on 12/28/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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good morning mums :)
im in need of advice... i have a 15 year son who is such a great kid. Goes to school, does assignments on time, never complains or argues, dosent do drugs or smokes or even drinks. Hangs out with his friends. He used to be a mummy's boy, until he started high-school now i feel like his pushing me away... is this normal for teenage boys his age to do this? He is my first born so im new to this teenage mum thing lol...

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Jodi - posted on 12/28/2014

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Totally normal. I'm still pretty close to my 17 year old, but it was around that age that his social life became more important to him than me. He found a job, had his own small income, didn't need me like he used to. He's looking to grow and gain some independence from you. You need to let the apron strings out a bit and allow that growth. It can be hard, sometimes, to find the balance. He will make mistakes, but this is where you have to have faith in the fact that the last 15 years of parenting have set him up to maybe make fewer mistakes than he otherwise would have, or make only small mistakes, not the big ones, that he has good judgement and can make good choices, and when he doesn't, that he knows you are right there to catch him if he falls.

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