This is killing me and I need support or advice or something.
My son is 13. His dad and I divorced about a year and a half ago. He and his 7 yo sister have been living with me FT and seeing their dad every other weekend. He recently told me he wants to move in with his dad.
This is shocking to me for many reasons. Garrett and I have always been very close. Even as a 13 yo, he confides in me stuff he would never talk about with anyone. I am the only person he talks to about being gay. When he is with his dad, he emails me and texts me and sometimes asks personal, difficult questions about boys or other 13 yo confusing problems. We have a lot of fun together, and I mean a lot of fun, despite the fact that he likes to be alone in his room with his iPod and gets grumpy a lot like any other teen.
He has never been very close with his dad.
He is also suffering from terrible anxiety with depression and has just started therapy. He has had some bullying issues at this school and is generally not happy there. I am looking to move closer to where his dad lives because of this. All I will have left here is my daughter, and while that is great, she will not have her brother every day and we will not have him with us every day and I can't stop crying because it brings me such joy.
I can't keep him, and his dad wants him. His dad has a girlfriend and they live together. It's killing me that she will be taking care of him and not me. I can't see how he will be happy there. The school will be about 10 times bigger (if not more) and he has a lot of social anxiety.
Sorry this is so long.