Take it from me, raising a teenager is difficult work. Add the death of a father, and it all gets pretty complex.
It only took me ten months to realize that I’ve been hurting my son, rather then helping him, by being focused too much on the loss. In the process, I’ve stood by and watched his grades plummet and struggle with poor decision making.
By the time that my heart ache had gotten so bad that I wondered if I was having subtle signs of a heart attack, I realized (finally) that it was time to generate some courage.
It is easy to say the words "I love you," but it is really hard to show the love by saying "NO."