It Doesn’t Seem Like My Teen Likes Me – But I’m Grateful That He Loves Me by Laurie Balles Simpson
He's 15. He's struggling with finding his place. He's growing into a man. He wants to find his voice but doesn't know where to start. He wants me around but not really to talk. When I speak at times I can see he wants to roll his eyes or he takes a deep breath like he just wants to scream.
I remain present. I listen when he wants to talk. I make dinners he knows I know are his favorite. I pop my head in the door and ask questions. I sit on the bed and don't say a word, just being there in the same place with him. I say goodnight, I love you and sing annoying songs in the morning to wake him up. He grumbles.
And then the night comes when he sits down on the couch next to me and leans in and lets me scratch his head till he falls asleep.