I'm a single mother with 2 teenagers. My son will be 17 next month. He lives with me but over the last 6 months we butt heads constantly. I feel he is being disrespectful to me. He feels I disrespect him. Anyway his grades dropped the last semester of last year, he changed his group of friends, but I could not find any evidence of drugs, and still haven't until today. He borrowed my cell phone because his was broken. When I got it back today he had not deleted any of the text msgs he sent and received from his girlfriend. Based on these msgs I can't deny he must be using some kind of drugs. He has a very bad temper and has punched holes in the wall on more than one occassion. He seems to blame me for any argument we get into. We are very much alike and when he loses his patience and raises his voice I do too. His father and I are getting together with him tonight to talk. My take is that he needs to be grounded and his phone taken away. With his anger I'm afraid of his reaction. I don't think he would hurt anyone else, but I'm afraid he may hurt himself, or just run away to a friends....Does anyone have any advice for this lost mother?
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