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I think many boys go through this "stage." My almost 15 year old plays a lot of video games, too. He has friends that he will play basketball and such with, but he still spends a lot of time on the PlayStation!
Give him time and just keep talking to him. Include him as much as you can and maybe ask if he'd like to bring a friend along if it would be appropriate. That may help foster some friendships.
do your best to keep the communication lines open with him. My son went through this too. Nothing got through to him. He ended up dropping out of school.
Because we kept the communication lines open, when he figured out what was wrong, he was able to tell me. I'm not saying the same thing that my son had going on with him is what your son has. I'm more saying he needs to know you are there for him. You'll be there no matter what he tells you. It's important while he's navigating these teenage horomones. Looks like it's getting pretty hard on him right now.
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What does one do with a 15 year old boy who does not want to be involved in anything? My son goes to school and comes home and maybe runs errands with us on weekend. Thatís it. My son does not seem to like to do anything. Oh, of course, he likes video games and to watch TV, but really want more for him.
He does not have any hobbies. He is not interested in any sport. He hates exercise. He hates reading. He does not want to join any clubs at school. He does not seem to have really good friends that he does things with. Before he entered high school, his friends used to come to our house all the time. Since he started school this year, he went to the mall one time with a friend and thatís it. He seems to know a lot of people, but none that he can call his friends. He is friendly enough. In all his 15 years, I have only heard good things about him from other parents.
There reason I am so worried and upset about this is because I donít want him to turn into my sister-in-law. She is a very frustrated 37 year old woman that has no friends and nothing in her life except work and home. She is very over weight. I tried several times in the past to get her to join SP, but she will not listen to me. She is very unhappy about her weight, about not having a husband and children that she wants and not really living. She is just surviving. I see that future for my son and I donít know how to change it. I tried to change my sister-in-law by trying to get her to go take a class or do volunteer work to meet people, but I gave up. I decided that only she can change herself. But, I have not given up on my son yet.
I donít know how to make him get off that couch and do somethingÖanything. Any ideas?
Edited by: OLGAINTX at: 4/26/2013 (14:22)
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