What should I do, my son's girlfriend is ruining his life.

Julie - posted on 02/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 17 year old son who is a 3.0 student but, recently he started dating a 15 year old girl and frankly they argue constantly and his grades are slipping not to mention he seems depressed and angry all the time because she won't agree with him on certain points. (not going to the movies with other guys). He is basically sending 300 text messages a day and during class. I've restricted his phone usage so he can't text during school anymore but, he thinks my husband and I don't understand anything and that the text messaging during the time he is supposed to be doing homework isn't a big deal and isn't interferring but, his grades show differently. I know it's wrong to tell him who he can and can't date but, seriously this is rediculous. They spend 90 minutes on the phone during the time he is supposed to be doing homework arguing about her male friends. I have no idea what to do. He won't listen to any advice we give him and basically says he's got it under control but, it's pretty evident he doesn't. Also i caught him outside punching the fence (his hand was red and swollen) after one of their arguements.

I need help.

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Kay - posted on 02/01/2012

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Honestly, I would pull the plug.



Not on the girlfriend, mind you--you really can't stop that, especially if they go to school together.



I would pull the plug on the phone and the computer during school and homework time. Period. Remove it from him physically if you have to. And let him know that you will continue to do so until his grades improve and he proves that he is mature enough to keep them there.



I think toddlers make us understand why spiders eat their young, and teenagers make you wish you had done it while they were small enough to fit in the oven without a fuss. ;)



Good luck!

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Jane - posted on 02/01/2012

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"I think toddlers make us understand why spiders eat their young, and teenagers make you wish you had done it while they were small enough to fit in the oven without a fuss."



Nice! I am going to steal this.

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