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13 year old acts like a zombie

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costamum79 Sun 19-Feb-17 16:24:32

Hi all, please tell me this is normal! My 13 year old is literally like a zombie. It is getting much worse. He doesn't want to talk to me about his feelings.
I'm a single mum and work in quite a demanding job and have believed it's important to show him the right thing. I have a mortgage too so I can't afford to be at home.
I ensure he has everything he needs for school and I try and get him to play with his friends and he just went to Austria for a week on a school trip. However, no matter what activity I put him in or try and get him involved in things, I'e a walk with me, or a weekend away, his behaviour is just bizarre.
He mumbles when I talk to him, he takes up to three hours to eat his dinner sometimes and he sleeps a lot!
I'm so fed up and at my wits end to get him to just be chatty. Sometimes he literally walks past his friends and won't say hello while they all try to talk to him.
Academically he's doing well, in most of the top sets but I struggle as I'm a very bubbly chatty person while he just keeps everything in.
I asked him to come and speak to me and he just started crying. I asked him if I did something wrong and he said no, then I asked him if something was bothering him and then he said no again!!
Anything you ask him to do is in serious slow mode. Taking a shower is an hour, washing a plate, 10 minutes, hoovering his room, 45 minutes. But if I get him up late for school (by late I mean he leaves at 7:30am to go and do homework because he downloaded a virus onto his PC) he can be out he door in 15 minutes and that includes eating breakfast!

chickensaresafehere Sun 19-Feb-17 16:30:39

Welcome to the wonderful world of teenagers.
Sorry,but it will get worse before it gets better!!!

pieceofpurplesky Sun 19-Feb-17 16:34:24

costamum79 Sun 19-Feb-17 16:48:26

That video has cheered me up! Thank you!

piefacerecords Sun 19-Feb-17 16:52:45

Ah I feel for you op - when I went through this with DS1 I really worried about him, but a few years down the line he has come through the other side and is now a fully functioning adult (well almost grin).

Now DS2 is going through the same thing I'm just letting him get on with it. You will get your son back one day! gin

pieceofpurplesky Sun 19-Feb-17 17:05:41

Costa my DS is 13 tomorrow ...

costamum79 Sun 19-Feb-17 17:54:03

@pieceofpurplesky. Mine only turned 13 2 Friday's back. He went away for a week and had come back a different kid for all the wrong reasons 🙄 I hope you enjoy the birthday!

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