I wouldn’t let my son see his mates during lockdown and now he’s gone to live with his lazy dad – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE MY son and I have had more and more angry rows since lockdown began.

He is 16 and wanted to go out to see his friends who were getting together at each other’s homes.

I said it was against the law and out of the question so he turned to his dad, who took a softer line.

His dad and I are in our thirties now but were young parents and split up when my son was five.

His dad is too lazy to stand up for what is right or even to argue things through.

After a month my son stormed off to live at his dad’s.

What ­worries me is not just the going out – I know he won’t be insisting our son does his schoolwork either.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Your son knows deep down that your messages are the right ones and best for him long-term.

Contact him sounding friendly and suggest you two meet up somewhere like a park so you can talk through his best options.

Check with his school first so you know their plans.

My e-leaflet Troubles With Teenagers will help you through this difficult stage.

Try to get his dad on board so you co-operate, and don’t let your son play you off against one another.

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