Feeling conflicted about son who is growing away from me...

Ellen - posted on 05/08/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, I am a divorced mother with a 16 year old son. He has always lived with me and has been the center of my world. In the past year or so, I have felt him slowing moving away from me emotionally and, while I know this is normal, it has really stung in so many ways. This past semester he has really struggled with school issues and my ex has been suggesting that my son should start staying with him part time next year if his grades don't improve,( he thinks that he can "straighten him up"). While part of me thinks this might be a good idea for all of us, another part of me is screaming "NO!" inside my head. I find myself feeling so sad and almost like a failure because of all of this. LOL, I must sound like a real basket case, but it feels good to get it out in writing. Thanks :).

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Laurie - posted on 05/09/2013

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It is very hard when they pull away. It is normal I think, but no one tells the Moms how to handle it. All we have known is changing drastically. Hopefully, more will post on this and give some insight. I have thought about talking to a counselor to help me deal proactively with the situation.

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Ellen - posted on 05/09/2013

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thanks Laurie, just knowing that I am not alone does help. And I agree, having others in the same situation to talk to would be nice. We have to stay strong and believe that they will come back to us again one day :)

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