07-10-2023 09:12 AM
16yr old Teen refusing any help or communication. No matter how calm and supportive I remain and constantly tell him how much he is loved and always there to help when he's ready, he still refuses. I have tried active listening and acknowledging his feelings but no matter what he then pushes the boundaries further. Over the past year he has become more and more withdrawn, poor sleep, poor diet, falling grades, in trouble, defiant, refuses to communicate, lies, stays out way too late, too much technology. If I try to gently broach any of the subjects it sets him off. He becomes more angry and refuses to follow any rules telling us he will come home when he wants not when he is told. Is vaping and I believe hanging with a bad crowd. Refuses to tell me where he is and who is with. Treading on egg shells 24/7. If we try to put a some boundaries (try to jointly decide them) or rules or consequence in place he just constantly says, I'm grown up now, just leave me alone, usually with a storm out of the house. Doesn't answer my calls. Only comes home when as calm and as reassuring I remain I message him from 10pm onwards to say 'if I don't where you are or who you're with and you're not coming home then I will need to call the police for assistance to help.' That's when I get a barrage of verbal 'text' abuse about what joke I am and who would call the police, but it's the only option I feel I have. That's when he makes his way home but locks himself in room and the next day it all starts again!
07-10-2023 04:24 PM
Hi @Sunshine72 i’m really sorry to hear about the difficult time you’re having with your son lately. It’s completely understandable that you’re concerned about his behaviour and well-being. You sound like an incredibly caring and supportive parent who is doing your best to keep him safe. Letting him know that he is loved, actively listening to him and acknowledging his feelings can certainly go a long way, even if he initially pushes back
Have you been able to speak with your son’s school about how they might be able to support your son’s behaviour or any recommendations they may have? They may have support services available to help address some of the challenges he’s facing.
In addition to the strategies you’ve already tried, I wanted to share some articles that might give you some things to consider trying with your son:
I hope you find these articles helpful. Alternatively, the Raising Children’s Network also has some helpful resources.
Please remember to take care of yourself during this challenging time too. Do you have any supports for yourself at the moment? Such as a friend, family member or professional? Parenting a teenager can be incredibly demanding and emotionally exhausting, and it's important to take care of your own well-being.
07-11-2023 09:15 AM
Thank you so much Iona for taking the time to respond, for your support and for the article / site links which I have sponged. It's certainly taking a toll and there's a long road ahead, but I understand small steps are necessary. I will certainly try these and have signed up for the one on one coaching support. Appreciate you reaching out. Thank you.
07-11-2023 09:21 AM
I am so sorry to hear that you are going through something similar. It certainly is extremely challenging. Reading these forum posts breaks my heart that our beautiful children, the future generation (as well as their parents/family/friends and carers) are experiencing such difficult issues.
Thank you for taking the time to respond my message and be supportive. It's very kind of you and shows what an amazing job you're doing too. Best wishes and if you find anything that works particularly well for you please do share.
Thank you. xx
07-11-2023 04:42 PM
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