Dear Aunty Lisa

We’ve tried to raise our 15-year-old son the best we can, but we’re at a loss right now. We’ve found baggies of whoonga in his room three times, and he’s never denied that he uses it.

He comes home smelling like cigarettes or alcohol (or both) sometimes. His friends are bad influences, too. He’s been suspended from school twice, once for getting into fights and once for not showing up to class. He’s going somewhere, just not to school, and that worries us. Sometimes he doesn’t even come home and we wait for a phone call that never comes.

We’ve tried tough love, but maybe we need to get tougher. He is ruining his life. Please, any suggestions you have might help. What did we do wrong? What can/should we do to get our son back?

Petrified Parents, JHB

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