Should I insist that my 15 yr old son attend family events?

Crystal And Jeanie - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




All of my extended family live about three hours away and my oldest son has never liked traveling in the car, so now at 15, with friends and his own social life becoming ever more important, it is increasingly difficult to convince him to join us when we go for a visit. My sister is planning a party this Saturday to celebrate my youngest son's 2nd birthday, and the teenager is balking. We are already cutting the visit short to accommodate my 13 yr old daughter's schedule (she is shopping in the US with her step-mom on Sunday) and accommodating everyone is a huge challenge as my partner works every other weekend and both teenagers also see their dad every other weekend. We don't visit very often (last time we were all together was mothers day) so my question is, do I simply insist that the teens attend?


Jodi - posted on 06/14/2012




This is a party for your 15 year old's younger brother? Sorry, but it is just plain selfish and rude for your teens NOT to attend. I would absolutely insist, and I would make it clear that I was very disappointed that I even had to put my foot down about it.

Having older children myself (20,14,13,7), I would be absolutely shocked if my children felt that way about their younger sibling's birthday. As you can tell, I have never had that issue. To me it is just about basic respect.

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