05-16-2016 07:32 PM
05-18-2016 11:30 AM
That is a hard time for both your son and you.
I personally think it's a bit too early to have serious relationships at such a young age. I wish I won't have to deal with it as my daughter is turning 16 soon. I hope she is too busy for a boy friend until she finishes HSC.
Some of the replies above sound very reasonable. While I don't have experiences myself, I would think going out with friends and doing physical activities and allocate certain time for girl friend and texting might be good to your son.
05-18-2016 09:11 PM
Hey @ziggystarmum - getting through the HSC is tough at the best of times. We've just done two years in a row with our girls, and there was a lot of stress!! But we got there. And then there's a strange combined feeling of relief and loss at your kids becoming full blown adults.
I really hope he re-considers some counselling. I'm sure there are some great techniques he can learn to help him cope.
05-19-2016 12:53 PM
Thank you everyone for your advice and support, he's still not keen to have counsellimg but I'm working on it! He and his GF are having a 'break' which hopefully will help, yes 17 is too young for such a serious relationship, I'm hoping that our next oldest will wait a bit longer!
05-19-2016 01:19 PM
05-19-2016 05:55 PM - edited 05-19-2016 05:55 PM
I will definitely show him the link, that's really good!
He doesn't feel that a counsellor will be able to help him, I don't think he really knows exactly what is troubling him, so probably feels as though people will think he's stupid.
It's very hard, he has SO much going for him, it makes me very sad that he is in such a bad way.
05-19-2016 08:01 PM
I find with my 16 year old when he is feeling bad that that is exactly the wrong time to try and help him. It's a bit of a Catch-22! I try and and help him when he has a little win and build on a positive rather highlight a negative. It's so tricky but.
It sounds like your son has a lot of positives that you could maybe use to help turn things around? Is it possibly self esteem issues? You did mention that he "probably feels as though people will think he's stupid". The teen site has a good fact sheet on self esteem that might be helpful.
I can really empathise with that helpless, sad feeling of wanting to help your teen who's obviously struggling. I hope it's not bringing you down too much and please keep the conversation going if it helps even a little.
05-20-2016 02:18 PM
Hey @ziggystarmum - those feelings that you described about getting help are so common in young people - he's definitely not alone there. It's really common for people to worry that either a counsellor won't help, or because he can't describe exactly whats going on, people will judge/belittle that.
The good news is that these things can be addressed over time - especially with a supportive, empathetic Mum like you.
I thought of one more thing on the youth website. Obviously we don't want to bombard him but if you ever think it feels right to show him, we did a podcast that shows what happens in a counselling appointment: