As I wrapped by scarf tighter around me and put my hands inside my poncho for warmth, I brought my teenager to mind. He was my question. What would improve our relationship? How do I make our everyday more loving and less adversarial?
In choosing to confide in you, your son is risking his reputation. No teenager wants to be known as a snitch! His choice to confide in you reflects a belief that you'll respect him enough to listen without taking matters into your own hands.