Hey @dudmum I wanted to chime in with some support as it sounds like you're really struggling with communicating with your son. The fact that you want to keep that connection alive is so special and it's hard when he doesn't want to talk to you at all. I think it's not uncommon for parents to feel this way when their kids are in the teenage years, and I'm sorry to hear that you're having struggles starting up a conversation across a range of situations.
I wanted to explore what may be going on for you son which has stopped this communication from happening. When was the last time you felt that you two were connected? Can you think of anything that happened since then which may have affected his willingness to talk? I was also wondering whether there were any topics that you know he'd be more interested in talking about, if small talk isn't working. Does he have any hobbies or interests you could share a discussion about with him? It may show that you're interested in his life outside of his usual day. I'm curious to know your thoughts about this!
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Hi Mumma 08 Thats great to hear that you have had a breakthrough with your son and im so sorry to hear that you too are going thru something similar with your mum, its heartbreaking. My son however was doing all of these things logn before my Mum got sick . I did break down infront of him once when I was trying to juggle everything and he did show some emotion but I dont want him to feel like he is adding to my stress even though he is . I will just keep trying to find a way in and hope things change. Thanks for your kind words it means alot especially at there moment when everything is at its worse x
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Hi there @Sandee
Thank you for reaching out for support with your son. It's tough for many parents here on the forum to navigate conversations and concerns about vaping. You are definitely not alone in this struggle!
It must be a shock to hear the rumours about your son selling vapes, especially considering you were under the impression he had stopped vaping. It sounds like you're feeling nervous about approaching this conversation with your son, which is understandable.
I thought it might be helpful to provide you with some resources on vaping and communication with teenagers to help with the conversation.
Quit HQ has a range of information and support for nicotine use, including helping others quit. I wonder if it would be worth getting in touch with them to discuss the best way to approach the situation. If you think that would help, their contact is 13 78 48
We have a few articles which may come in handy, the first that comes to mind is "Tips for having a difficult conversation with your teen".
We've also got some resources on "Risk-taking and teenagers".
If you need some one-on-one support, we have a free support service for parents which you can read more about here. Also, we are here to continue this conversation with you.
Take care, and I hope to hear back from you!
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