Is it ok to ignore my 13 year old boy moods, rudeness and disrespect?

Yolanda De - posted on 05/31/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am a single mom who needs help with my 13 (soon to be 14) year old boy. We all know about the rudeness, talk back and disrespectful. Will it help if I ignore all his moods? We are alone since he was 5 years old. The dad is not really there for him (toooooo busy with girlfriends lol. Please help ! I love him very much but I feel I cannot handle him anymore

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Margaret - posted on 06/03/2013

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Yolanda,
My son is 15, going on 16 and I'll tell you his whole attitude has changed in the matter of a year. It's very hard to get them to understand that it is wrong. My son respects me to the fullest but has gotten himself into some trouble a year ago. He has his days, believe me...Teens are very hard to deal with but as long as you can get the respect you deserve as a mother, you will be on the right track. With all do respect, I do not feel that ignoring it is the answer. I feel that somehow you should try to find the root of the problem. Find out what he is angry about. Talk to him. If that doesn't work, maybe try a school counselor or something of the sort. You have to nip it now because it will get worse. I speak from experience. I hope this helps you at least a little.

Lakota - posted on 05/31/2013

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I agree with Shawnn. Ignore the moods, but, don't tolerate rudeness and disrespect. I am a single mom of two boys - 16 and 13 - and I have been there too. It is hard and exhausting most days, but, it can and must be done. There are plenty of parents out there who feel like they can't do it any more when their kids get to the teenage years, and their kids end up with a lot of problems and in trouble. I hope for your son's sake, you won't be one of them. Your son's father is already not there for him. So, you have to be. No disrespect meant at all, but, it's not about how hard or exhausting or frustrating it is for you. It is about raising your son to be a good man one day and not like his father. You can do this. :)

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Yolanda De - posted on 06/02/2013

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Thank you for your reply. I have to agree, rudeness and disrespect are unacceptable. I have to find a way to make him understand that it is wrong.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/31/2013

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Ignoring mood is one thing, but ignoring rudeness and disrespect is a whole other thing.

Go ahead and ignore the moods. I do. However, DO NOT tolerate rudeness and disrespect at any time, in any way!

User - posted on 05/31/2013

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I know exactly what your going through. I am also a singer mother who has had no help from my sons father. My son is 12yrs old. I found a website that has been my saving grace... Its called "empowering parents." I hope it helps you like its helped me.

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