With having 6 teens all at once I can relate to this article. Throw in a divorce in the middle of this time of disconnect and finding yourself, it's easy to think, "they want nothing to do with me, ever again, what happened to the good ol'days?"
I occasionally need an article that encourages me to "give it time, they come around".
And, fwiw, I don't believe that the kids "come around".
Rather, they (and you) form new relationships as they grow and as you grow.
Your relationship with an infant subtly changes as they become a toddler, then a kindergarten kid, then a school kid, then a teenager etc etc etc all the way on to when they are adults. Even then the relationship continues its' development (or, at times, regression)
My kids (adults now) have very different attitudes to what they had as teenagers (thank fuck !!) They still make (what I regard as) poor choices at times (just like I do) but there's a level of mutual respect there that wasn't greatly evident in their teenage years.
You've done a helluva job Brother greatcoastal . With that tribe of kids you've been juggling all sorts of relationships with all your kids, each at different stages, each unique. I was "lucky". Only had 2 and they were nearly 7 years apart, so one was coming out the end of teenagerism just as the other was going in to it. So I got a bit of a "breather".
Post by mypaintbrushes on May 12, 2018 11:05:16 GMT -5
My son turns 15 at the end of this month, and he hasn’t pulled away just yet. In fact, we may be doing something to celebrate our birthdays - which are 12 days apart - together.
He’s an only child, and has a mild disability. Maybe once he matures more, he’ll pull away. I’m looking forward to him gaining his independence but am in no hurry to see it happen. He’s a super sweet, loving kid!
Post by tooyoungtobeold on May 15, 2018 16:55:36 GMT -5
My kids are 18, 20 and 21 and have all pulled away and returned emotionally to the family in their own ways and own time. My daughter started at 13 and is just ending, one time my wife just started sobbing and said, "maybe it's not a phase, maybe she's just a bitch". God, that was a funny line but turns out she's fine. My 20 year old who never pulled away (typical get-along middle kid) is doing it right now. Honestly, it's waaaaay easier when they're younger.
worksforme2: hey nancyb, how are things perkolating with the older gentleman you spoke of a while back?
Jul 28, 2018 18:25:32 GMT -5
nancyb: worksforme2: Relationship died when we had a difference in opinion regarding UFO's and extraterrestrial beings. LOL I weighed in on the nay side and he believed they walk amongst us.
Jul 30, 2018 5:51:07 GMT -5
bc: I can’t stop laughing...go ahead, micromanage and analyze that marriage and see what she will do for you.
Jul 30, 2018 8:17:58 GMT -5
Dan: I think I'd have to see how good a new girlfriend was in the sack before I crossed her off the list -- or kicked her out of bed -- for believing in UFOs. I guess that makes me... male!
Jul 30, 2018 21:25:05 GMT -5
solodriver: It's been so long for me, I might see UFOs my first time. lol
Jul 31, 2018 1:42:47 GMT -5
beachguy: nancyb: He's right. It's all in the X Files, if you care to look.
Jul 31, 2018 3:45:13 GMT -5
nancyb: Dan: It was a tough decision, he was a good lover but the craziness ended things. Been dating since but nothing serious. I paint a lot.
Jul 31, 2018 5:57:00 GMT -5
petrushka: Thing is, someone being a fruit-loop about something like UFOs usually is not confined to one area; even if it is not immediately obvious. People who are nutty about one thing can go off at a tangent any time, I found (...out the hard way).
Jul 31, 2018 7:39:29 GMT -5
greatcoastal: nancyb: Sounds like you Identified a Fucking Object for what it truly is!
Jul 31, 2018 8:25:25 GMT -5
worksforme2: nancyb,...I am going to paint my living room soon as I can decide on the color.
Jul 31, 2018 19:15:08 GMT -5
worksforme2: When it comes to UFO's we always hear about "little green men", why are there never any "little green women"?
Aug 1, 2018 6:21:15 GMT -5
solodriver: I think I recall an episode of "Lost In Space where Dr. Smith was being chased by a green woman
Aug 1, 2018 21:29:17 GMT -5