Sad, not depressed. A thread for a proper sook.

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calzino, that sounds very intense!

Dan S, Thursday, 4 April 2024 00:15 (one month ago) link

teaching your child how to drive, getting those 50 hours of on the road practice, is likely the last sustained time you will ever spend with them.

― Josh in Chicago, Monday, April 1, 2024 9:30 PM

I thought since fewer young people are able to move out that people would be getting closer to their parents now? I'm probably staying with dad until he dies and I have dinner with him everyday and he still gets frustrated that we don't spend enough time together but we don't really have any common interests, so it's not easy to talk about much.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 6 April 2024 17:40 (one month ago) link

“ He's much more interested in his friends than he is in any family stuff these days, and I also recognize that as good (and remember feeling the same way myself).”

This has been my experience as the parent of a now 17 year old. The last few years haven’t been fun.

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 6 April 2024 17:45 (one month ago) link

My kids are 18 and 15 (going on 25). My wife grew up in a house where the teenagers tended to congregate. Not in a lawless way but in a welcoming, 'well, you might as well do it somewhere safe' way. I sort of did too, but in a more covert, 'come and hide in our garage' kind of way. Consequently, our house has become a version of that and we've had a few parties now. We had my son's 18th here; there have been a few weekends where some of the friend group has ended up here after the pub etc. It's lovely*, tbh and I'm thankful my wife is so easy going and welcoming because, as much as I love it, it wouldn't have happened under my watch!

*there have already been a few occasions when I've fucked off upstairs and hidden and cursed the noise at 1am but I guess I'll take it.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Saturday, 6 April 2024 21:43 (one month ago) link

That sounds great. Count yourself fortunate

calstars, Saturday, 6 April 2024 22:54 (one month ago) link

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