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I've found my phone increasingly important in helping me figure my Epilepsy out. Because sometimes I can't talk. But I can send emojis to people.
I think his older brother might be his best bet. He might not want to take it from you, the grown up, because you will inherently be more insistent. You know it's because you've been through it and maybe know the consequences but in his eyes you may just be an annoying nuisance. That's how I felt about my girlfriend's parents nagging at me (I didn't have my own parents.) His brother is much closer to his age, understands a lot of what's going on now too, just like him. He might be more eager to take it from his brother than you, because the gap is smaller.I've had to start taking my son's phone from him in the morning otherwise he tries to mess with it when he's supposed to be his online classes. Part of the problem, I feel, is that he's never had the actual high school experience. He had to start his freshman year remotely, so he doesn't understand how much more work/pressure it actually takes. His older brother is trying to explain it to him.
My parents know that my brother being on his phone all the time with he is with us seriously bothers me, they even complain about it too, but they won't say anything to him. I could start a whole new thread dealing with things like this that involve my brother!My son is ADDICTED to his phone!! I think his father is partly to blame for a lot of the issues I have w/him--he spoiled him. When my son was younger, my husband literally wouldn't let me say no to him. He also wouldn't let me actually give him chores to do. Now, when I need him to do something, like put his own clothes away, he says "Stand there & make him".
This kid doesn't even do the chores that I did when I was 5 or 6 years old--and he's 16!!!