Be encouraged! What you are facing is nothing new under the sun. There can be many reasons for his behavior, but one thing for sure, it's growing pains. I have 9 children (5 daughters and 4 sons). My sons are 9, 15, 16, and 17, and I have had my share of challenges with each one of them. Sometimes we have to give them room to grow, make mistakes, deal with rebellion and disrespect when we see it, love them through it, and pray, pray, pray. Out of all of my children I have one child (my 16 year old) who can be very rebellious, and on many occasion my husband and I have had to make it extremely clear that we are running this race together, and when he is in another lane other than his own, we will be diligent to make him get back in his lane. See yourself as the coach and your son the athlete, he may want to quit or do his own thing, but as a coach you have press hard some time to get what you want out of that athlete.
at 3:58 PM on Nov. 9, 2010