I have a 19 year old son who is joining the Marines in a couple months and its killing me, he will not talk to me and want so always hang out with his friends :(


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Michelle - posted on 10/29/2012




I'm sorry but he's 19, at his age his friends are more important to them. It's also not "cool" to hang out with your parents!!!!

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He wants to hang with his friends because he is a young adult. He isn't your little boy anymore (even though they are our "babies" forever) and he wants to be his own man. If he is joining the marines, he is making the most of his time with his buddies before he leaves. There isn't a lot you can actively do to make him spend time with you as all that will happen is you will push him further away. Ask him nicely if he'd like to make a Mum and Son date sometime before he leaves so you can have a bit of time together. Don't push him to accept right away, give him time to think about it and maybe let him choose a venue. Then don't go on and on about him joining the marines, just chat about fun times and ordinary things. One of the hardest things about being a parent is letting them go, but we have to. We raise them to be independant and to make their own decisions (even if we don't agree with them) so we must allow them to do this. Good luck and be proud of your son and tell him so :-)

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