I had read through a few posts already and its nice to know Im not alone in this battle because I often feel like I am. I am a mother of four kids. Boys 18 and 16 and girls 15 and 9. My trouble is with my 16 yr old son. It start about a year ago. He started going to his friends house [with permission] but then he wouldnt come home. Then when hed get grounded hed just go to his friends house after school and not come home. The school is 40 minutes away from our house. My son is well loved and has most things kids want, a phone, a playstation 3... that kind of thing, but we arent rich. I take those things away and he doesnt seem to care. He just doesnt have them. Anyways this last summer we got him a summer job, he did very well made his money, bought his own school clothes. Things got alot better. Now that hes back in school though its starting up again... the other night he asked to stay at his friends house going there after school on the bus. I told him no so he did it anyways. He came home was grounded and I took things away phone, playstation 3... that kind of stuff. He doesnt care once again. We of course are terrible parents... according to him. I am a lose. My son is a very smart kid, and used to get straight As but even his grades are slipping. Im starting to wonder if hes on drugs or something?