My son is 15 and spends most of his time in his room.

Sheri - posted on 06/28/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Now that schools out he spends hours in his room playing a game or watching T.V. He has just been prescribed ateral for ADD and he's depressed since the loss of his grandparents, within the last 2 yrs., and his sister 6 yrs. ago. Should I take his tv and game out of his room? have him play his game in the den? he's not interested in sports, we've tried baseball, soccer, and guitar lessons...nothing has worked. I'm concerned for depression, staying in his room so much. He doesn't want to go out with me too much, but sometimes I can get him to go. Please, I need advice!

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Sheri - posted on 06/28/2012

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Thanks so much for your encouragement and great advice. I took his ipod and cell phone away 2 wks. ago bc of getting on facebook and contacting some girls from other states. I caught them saying the "love" word on texts and I felt this is not a good thing since he does not know them personally (they had the dark hair with blue) Maybe I'm being too overprotective but it IS so different now than when we were growing up. Your input is so important to me since you've raised two boys. I'm looking forward to the day he comes out of his room! Me and his dad divorced when he was two, i did not discipline him when he was little like i should have. I have been remarried for 7 yrs. but my son still gets jealous of my husband John sometimes. I do not have good parenting skills, so it makes it so much nicer to be able to contact other moms who can offer ideas I haven't thought of myself. Your input is greatly, greatly appreciated!!!

Louise - posted on 06/28/2012

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I would not worry to much about this. I have raised two boys and they spent 90% of their time in their bedroom at this age. It is not until they find out that girls are fun that they emerge out of their rooms. Just encourage him to join in with the family when you can. Make a point of going out bowling or for a picnic in the park with a frisby or football. Fresh air is good for us all. Just make sure he knows that he can talk to you at any time and then give him space to do what he wants to do. You have to remember that being a teenager these days is far more difficult than when we were at school. With IM of facebook and myspace childrens lives can be ruined in a press of a button. Sometimes it is easier to play in your room then to get in trouble in reality.

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