(Closed) Little brother going down a bad path

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I know exactly how you feel- except I have a sister and its prescription drugs. I used to try to talk sense into her when she was younger and then eventually I stopped caring; thinking she’s 18 it’s her life sorta thing. That was until she got pregnant a couple yrs later and at 8months preggo got arrested and they only took it “easy” on her bc she was a 1st offender and pregnant. Her “good” behavior lasted for about 3 months. Anyways- what really helped my sister get some reality back in her life about her actions and their consequences was that my parents cut her off financially. I had to really sit down with them and explain how they were enabling her. She had it made with them; no job, no bills, her bf lived there, spending money, they watched the baby whenever she wanted, ect. It was a hard decision for them, especially with a child in the midle, but they realized they were enabling her by always “picking up” after her. For my sister, this helped open her eyes some, although she still is dealing with drugs even though she would never admit it to me. It sounds like you have a very similiar situation. IMO your parents need to take some actions about his actions. Yes he is 18 and technically is an adult, but if your parents are paying for his education, giving him spending money and everything else you mentioned- he is far from an adult. talk to your parents about giving him consequences such as, if he gets caught again they won’t give him an allowance any more or if the problem is happening at school- then they should tell him if he gets caught at school again they will not pay for the next semester if the school would even have him back. Good luck with this issue, believe me it will not be solved in a day or even a month but it will slowly get better. Communication is key between everyone.

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