My Son Has an Attitude Problem
Answer: [by Lucy Beresford] Adolescence is a time of huge experimentation, when teenagers start to forge their own identities and separate healthily from their parents. Some do this by ‘rejecting’ the values their parents represent. No matter what you say or do, your son is on a journey away from you. Trying to rein him in completely will only make him want to cast you off even more.
Adolescence is also about finding peer acceptance. What your son says about sex and to women may be what, deep down, he believes, or it may be what he believes he must say to remain accepted by the latest gang.
In questioning whether this is normal teen behaviour, it may help you to know that adolescent brains undergo enormous developments during this time. Developmental fluctuations in the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain that controls impulse control and emotions) can result in socially unacceptable urges. So, some of your son’s attitudes and behaviours may settle back down naturally once this part of the brain has fully matured.