Our expert says:
If you check, you'll find I responded to this issue the other time you posted this concern. I'm a bit concerned that you seem, if my system is accurate, to have posted this message at 3 am, which might fit with depression and it's associated insomnia. When you chat with the lad, make it very clear to him how much you love him and consider him a good child, and that you are really bothered to find you have shouted at him inappropriately at times.
Isn't 13 a bit young to be "cutting apron string " ? This is an age at which kids switch between emotionally reacting as a dependent child, and trying to be much more adult and capable than they actually are. And the more firmly you try to cut those strings, the more he is indeed likely to grab and hold on. Maybe it upsets you more because you have been feeling a bit less able to be as available and helpful as he wants and expects ? How do other readers handle situations like this ?
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