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I have disowned my 18 year old son(43 Posts)
Hi, I have disowned my 18 year old transexual son and asked him to leave, after months and months of drink, drugs,attention seeking and sexual acts beyond belief and down right taking the piss out of my home, I think I may be headed for a breakdown, someone pls help, I cant take anymore
It sounds like you are having a really hard time of it and have tried everything you can think of to help your child. It must be really tough. I can offer much advice as this makes what my daughter put us through look like a walk in the park, but I have some experience with transgendered people and I agree with titchy, you should refer to her as your daughter now, it will show her you respect her decision, which can mean a lot. I agree, she needs to move out of your home, but please don't disown her. Help her find alternative accomodation and meet up with her in a neutral place to offer as much support as you can because she needs all the support she can get right now, she'll face plenty of rejection over the coming months and years without her family adding to it. That's not a criticism, I know how difficult it is to stand by someone when you disagree with so much they are doing, but if she us to come through this, she will need you there, even if it's only in small ways, they all count. Lastly I suggest you look for a transgender support group, there are plenty if you google, which offer support to teenagers and thier familes, as I do think a very significant factor in your daughters behaviour is her gender identity issues.
I agree we need time apart and thankyou for everyones support, I have messaged him telling him I love him but I cannot put up with this behaviour, I am adjusting to calling him her and I trying my best as a mother. I was awoken by my DD last weekend to be told that two young men walked into the house after using my sons key and went upstairs and crashed in his room, my son decided to stay at another persons houseI know one of them but not very well and I had to throw them out after them telling me that my son was letting them stay without my permission..My 19 year old DD is ready to move out also as he causes so much drama
Betray I think you give him some wise advise and I sure OP's son IS really struggling with his issues BUT his does not give him the right to abuse his mother, sibling. And does not justify his horrible actions. Are you saying he had not control over these things?
Shrek I think the sooner your DS moves out the better. You can then begin to mend your relationship with him/her.
Not at all orchid lady, she has no right to behave like this, and I'm shocked at the op latest post saying she gave her key to strangers. BUT, most people cannot begin to understand the hell that transgendered people go through, Its very difficult to say that she may be very mentally Ill as people take this the wrong way, but the fact is that transgendered people very often suffer from mental illness as a result of thier issues and the op has already said her daughter uses drink and drugs, all of which will affect the way she behaves. What the ops daughter is doing is totally unacceptable, but the experience I've had with transgendered people is that it's very likely a cry for help. Op has your daughter secured an appointment with the gender identity clinic?
orchid I'm not talking shit thank you I'm giving an opinion !it doesn't make it shit because I disagree with the majority . However I will leave this thread because I prefer to deal with reasonable people which obviously I won't be on this thread .
betray it sounds like to you have lots of experience in this, I have no knowledge I think it incredibly hard for people to understand. [shrek] I think you are handling things incredibly well in the circumstances
I am very sorry, shreksfiona. You must feel desperate, and desperately sad.
is there somewhere he can go if he is out of the house I dont think your family have to put up with this behaviour anymore, do you have a young persons gay lesbian transgendered support group in your area, try children and young peoples services for support, for you and him they may be able to help him find somewhere else to live, I have no other advice other than you do not need to put up with this it is ok to support him from a far his behaviour is self destruct and you have tried and tried,
Shrek time for him to move out. You and your other DCs need your lives back.
Really sorry that you and your family are in such an awful situation at home. I agree that it seems impossible for your ds to stay unless his behaviour changes. I hope that you can find a way to rebuild your relationship and support him through what must be a very difficult time. I have no experience dealing with transgender issues and although I like to think I would be open minded and accepting I don't think anybody can know how they would handle it until faced with it within their own family.
Good luck to you and your family.
Thx everyone for the support, if I hadn't tried everything in my power to get him support, I would seriously be beating myself up about it. The final straw for me was when he stole money out of my 22 month olds money box for his own addictions, that is disgusting, he is still here but we have spoke very little and I have told him , he needs to want to change, I can't do it for him, he brings one more person back here I don't know I am going to report it to the police, I am seriously not putting up with his shit, I will support his transgender decisions every way possible, the only way is up xx
I really think you need to start referring to your daughter properly! I know she's behaving dreadfully, but you say you want to support her decisions, it starts now.
After 18 yeats of calling him a boy, its really a habit that I really refer to him, dreadful isnt the word, I am afraid there is not many of her family that wish to support her behaviour
I know. I just think its a small thing that may show her that she's respected and loved.
I certainly don't mean that you should support her behaviour. I would look at getting her accomodation elsewhere, would that be a possibility?
I could not just ignore this but do not know if my input will be of use to you.
Whatever the gender of your children you have the right to feel safe within your own home, as do your other children. You do not have to
'disown' your child but you do need to put some space between you. They will have to find somewhere else to live if they cannot adhere to the rules of your home, and this is the same regardless of who they are.
You are clearly threatened, and you and your other children are being placed in dangerous situations due to the behaviour of this child. They must leave and find some where else to stay.
When you have distance between you then you can start to work together to sort your situation out.
Do not let other people berate you for this situation - it is not your fault.
Does she have any friends that are stable? Any that aren't losers?
It's difficult trying to find your place in the world and at 18 - mistakes will be made! But I think you should arrange for her to move out.
She will benefit as will have her own pad and have to fend for herself and she may get a newfound respect for all you have done.
I have friends that were in a similar position at that age and acted the same. Almost like 'I don't know who people expect me to be and I don't know who I am so I am going to be this outrageous creature'.
No idea where you are but if you're in Scotland I have some suggestions that may or may not help!
Do you have a garage that you could make comfortable? Give her a curfew and enforce it, take away her keys and change the locks and lock the door at curfew time. After that it's sleep in the garage time. I have met a couple of people whose parents threw them out and they have become very nice adults but it took years of tough love. Yes she needs help but she won't take it until she is ready to, nothing you can do will make her see that. All you can do is provide her with moral support, not money, and as much shelter as you can give her/cope with, without harming the others.
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