How can I help my son succeed in life when he refuses it?

When my son was a teenager, we sent him to live with his dad because of the constant disrespectful attitude. A week after he graduated, his dad made him leave because of the same issues. All four parents tried to talk to him, and he just refuses help all around. He is now living with his grandparents. He had a job, and took steps to get his license and an insured vehicle. I thought he was heading down the right road, and then he tells me he quit his job because he didn’t like it. I just don’t know what to do.

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Probably the best way to be supportive of your son is to tell him what bothers you about the way he's handling himself.

If you'd like him to work with your suggestions then before you make critical comments be sure to validate his strong points and to recognize his natural talents.

People are much more likely to take advice if the person feels the criticism is spoken by someone who respects them and isn't only critical of them.

Offer your availability to talk with him if you genuinely feel available to speak with him in a non-judgmental way.

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