My teenager

Ebba - posted on 09/18/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old is an amazing student, gifted classes, gets great grades, plays team sports...so what is the problem. He thinks the world owes everything to him. He does not hear the word no. He becomes disrespectful towards adults, does not matter who they are. Ive tried so many things to help him. Any advice would be appreciated. His dad is no help and has been in and out of him life sonce he was 2. I think that has caused the problem
I just need to fix it

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Shelly - posted on 09/20/2016

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How does your son relate to other kids? Does he have a good group of friends around him or has his behaviour isolated him? The teenage years can be tough, especially with regards to disrespectful attitudes. I would suggest getting him involved in some sort of community service. Find something that would fit his gifting but something where he is serving others… it will help him see others less fortunate from himself, hopefully help him build compassion for others as well as feel good about getting outside of himself and helping others. I realise this may be difficult to start up with him because of his attitude so I am sending you a couple other links that will hopefully help. One is an article from Focus on the Family http://bit.ly/2cFd9eW about being a “mean mom” (in a good way) and the other is a book called "Have a New Teenager by Friday" http://bit.ly/2cX3l1u that I think you might find really helpful in turning things around in a positive way. I really hope this helps. Hang in there mom! Be as proactive as possible… you will see results and it will all be worth it. I will pray for wisdom in finding somewhere for your son to give back that will be a positive yet eye-opening experience for him, and strength and insight for you in how you navigate through this next phase of his life… hugs!!!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/20/2016

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What consequences are in place for poor behaviour?

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