Re: Need help with my teenager
It's normal to a point, because of puberty. However, that doesn't mean his behavior is acceptable. It's likely he misses his dad, and at 13 he's probably feeling rather clumsy, especially emotionally. You don't need to allow disrespect and defiance though. Set some clear boundaries, and if he crosses those, lay out some meaningful yet realistic consequences. I raised two boys and they can put you to the test, but if you set down limits to what you're willing to allow, he'll know he can't just act any way he desires. Do it now, because in a couple of years, it will be too late.