Anyone here got teenage kids? My boy's hit his teens and is a nightmare at the moment, very aggressive, very angry/moody and very hard to get along with.
We've generally had a really good relationship up until the last few months where I've seen a big change in how he treats me and (particularly) his mum. We've never smacked the kids but recently there have been a couple of flashpoints in rows where it could easily have come to blows, I guess he's testing the alpha-male status or something.
I find it really difficult, and question a lot of what I do as his parent to see what I could do better, but a lot of the time I find his behavior so opposed to my values and behaviors I really struggle to empathise with him or find a common ground.
I know teenagers are notoriously difficult but I worry that all the anger he seems to have will manifest itself in something bad, or that I'll miss something that's up with him because we're not close anymore.
I find it's difficult to build his confidence because I'm constantly having to address things he does, particularly how he treats his mum, so we end up arguing all the time.
Has anyone else gone through, or going through similar, and if so how do you approach it?