You know, the phase where they don’t want to be seen in public with you, and everything you do embarrasses them. Also known as, “Aww, Mom!”
It’s so hard not to be hurt by it. Kids naturally do all kinds of things that can hurt your feelings, it’s part of growing up; and mostly I could let them all slide because I understand this. Water off a duck.
And I understand the need for individuation and symbolic rebellion. (tie-dye! the perfect way to freak out a punk mom!) But this part is a little harder. Even when we hang out together, he is texting on his phone constantly. I miss him.
So, how have you dealt with it emotionally?