01-18-2024 06:30 PM
01-18-2024 07:30 PM
Hi @JBcentralwest , welcome to the ReachOut forums - it’s great to have you here!
It's completely understandable that you might be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain in navigating this new phase with your son and his relationship. It's evident from your post that you are actively engaging in open communication with him about sex, consent, and safety, which is really commendable. Setting boundaries and expressing your concerns is an important part of parenting, and it's clear that you are committed to ensuring his well-being.
It's important to recognise that every teenager and relationship is unique, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. While it's not uncommon for teens to want more independence in their relationships, your concerns about setting appropriate boundaries are completely valid. It’s important to prioritise your son's safety and well-being while also allowing him to experience and learn from his relationships.
It sounds like a good idea to continue the dialogue with your son - and perhaps reminding him that your guidance comes from a place of care and concern. I wonder if there is a way you can try to find a middle ground where you both can feel heard and understood?
Thanks for reaching out
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