When Love (at times) is Not a Many Splendord Thing.....

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  1. rockin'robin

    rockin'robin Well-Known Member

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    When my oldest son, now 20, moved out at 19, I was a little disappointed, because I was thinking he was too young to be tied down with his girlfriend. She is well-liked, just somewhat immature (so is my son).

    But no amount of talking and advise would change their minds. Now for the 5th time, he calls and says they are arguing and fighting, he can't deal with it anymore, and to come pick him up!

    I haven't made up my mind whether to do that or not....as the going back and forth is getting to be "old news"!.....Plus, his job is on that side of Town (15-20 miles away)....I knew another bust up was coming, but the in and out is getting to be a lot of drama, and I don't want to deal with it. When they break up, she starts phoning and calling him all the time.

    Any advise here?...I told him on the phone that I was busy and would call him back later, and if possible pick him up tomorrow. So I was just giving them some time to work out whatever they are arguing about....:hmm:
     
  2. Berry

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    At times I am a bit of an ass.

    I am not a bandage. I cannot solve your problem and I won't keep patching it.

    This is not a skinned knee. You have to grow up. Some day I may be old and have to rely on you. Your children will have to rely on you until they grow up and become strong. You have to develop the strength to be that person we will all need someday.

    Start today.

    Call me when you have decided on a final solution to the situation and I will back you up.
     
  3. Journey

    Journey New Member

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    As parents it is hard not to do all we can to help our kids but there comes a time when helping becomes 'shielding them from the consequences of their own actions' and that is never good. I am generally with Berry on this and think your decision to give them a day to see if things change is a good one. My response would be, "Sorry Hun, you are old enough to make the choice to move out on your own, you are old enough to get yourself back home if it is necessary. I love you and my door is open but my shuttle service is closed."
     
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    ^^^^^^^:wtf:




    Robin: Sometimes you gotta show tough love....my co-worker went through the same thing with her kids....and the kids never learned how to survive on their own due to the mom bailing them out of every situation they've put themselves in.

    p.s. Why can't he come to you on his own? Doesn't he have transportation?
     
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    Journey New Member

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    green427, is that "^^^^^ wtf" in response to what I said?
     
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    No, it is in response to the one above you....you posted your comment while I was typing....
     
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    Ah ok, just wanted to know if I needed to clarify something.
     
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    Ok, I thought the person posting #2 was related to the OP....but is actually typing what he would say to the son......got it.

    Haven't had any caffeine today...time to drink some....
     
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    Journey New Member

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    Ahh a caffeine withdrawal induced "wtf", those are understandable :giggle:.
     
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    rockin'robin Well-Known Member

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    His job is only 2 blocks from where they live, so he walks....and is trying to save for a car.....He could catch a bus to my house, would take about an hour (changing buses downtown), but with all his clothes and stuff, would be impossible to carry them all on the bus....

    Fact is, times before when I went to get him, the girlfriend was crying....which made me feel bad...plus loading up my car with all his stuff, bringing it back home...then 2-3 days later...he says they have "made up" and he wants to go back....

    So I'm thinking it might be best to wait until tomorrow and not answer the phone this evening or night (if it is him calling)....give them some time to work it out if possible....

    If not, then again, I'll go get him. He needs to make up his mind, once and for all, if he wants to be single and play the field, or if he wants to "play house."....In reality, he's too young, I've told him that before many times, and suggested that he and his g/f just date and see each other.
     
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    Oh so he has actually "moved out" 5 times, not just come home for little time out? Yup, my shuttle service would definitely be closed after the second or third time. But, also having a 19 yr old son myself, I do understand where your heart is.
     
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    rockin'robin Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. His girlfriend is really nice and comes from a nice family. But they argue too much....Just wish they would just see each other on the weekends, because playing house right now isn't the right thing to do.
     
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    RR, I feel for you. All three kids are out of my house. When my son turned 18 he moved out, I did not want him to. So I gave him 3 months to change his mind. He could come back anytime during those 3 months. After that, one of the girls would take over his room and the invite to move back home was not an option. There have been a few close calls. Of course if he desperately needed to I would make room. But, he never took me up on the offer, and I feel he is a stronger person for it. Tough love is so very TOUGH!! Good luck!!
     
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    Yes, this is not life and death, tell him to man up an work it out with her. Honestly, you are not going to be around forever and he has to build his own relationships. He'll be OK.
     
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    Ohhhhhh, I thought it was "many splintered thing" That's like.....totally different.
     
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    My 2 younger boys used to share a BR when my oldest son was here....now that he's moved out, the younger boys have their "own" bedrooms, and by golly, no plans to change it! :giggle:...So whenever my oldest son comes, he sleeps on the sofa or makes a bedding on the floor...

    He hasn't called back yet...got my fingers crossed that they made up and are getting along after the big blow-up.

    I do remember how it was when I was "young and in Love"...and I'm sure he misses my cooking (as his g/f can't cook), so they eat out all the time, or Ramen Noodles.....he's always asking me to bake some Brownies w/Walnuts whenever he comes over....And believing that I've spoiled him too much, but it's time to grow up.
     
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    I might pick him up to come home but I definitely would never give him any future rides to visit or move back in with the girlfriend.

    Are they living together and sharing expenses in an apartment? Are there are financial or legal entanglements, such as a lease in his name? No children involved, right?

    There is nothing to "work out" until they're married. He's not obligated to stay with her until then. Tears or no tears.

    You're right that they shouldn't be playing house. It's obvious that as long as they keep breaking up and making up, they aren't ready for a real commitment. They should stick with dating. If they feel it's serious, they should get some pre-marital counseling. Even if they aren't ready for marriage, the counseling can open up their eyes to some issues.
     
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    rockin'robin Well-Known Member

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    The g/f got an apartment, and badgered him to move in with her. So I believe the apartment is in her name only, but I'm not too sure....(as I don't want to seem too nosey about their affairs)....And no children are involved, thank goodness!...She wants to get married, he doesn't. And says he doesn't want any kids either.....

    They've been together a few years, off and on....so of course, it's painful to break up completely, and whenever they do have "problems", the g/f comes to my house.
     
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    "Playing house" often ends up as "Playing parents." Make sure your son knows the consequences of a little one coming into his life.

    Sounds like they are both struggling to stay together. Much too young for the situation, IMO. One thing I have learned; whatever made people break up in the first place usually does not go away. People get lonely and decide to overlook that problem for a bit, but it always lingers. Good luck with this.
     
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    I still think the counseling would air out these fundamental differences they have; they may be unsuited for each other. It also might good that they spend a designated time away from each other. That is, something like a three-month cooling off period where they don't contact each other at all and develop other interests. (I suppose that's expecting too much.)
     

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