Will Rogers said, "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."
According to the news report, your son is 18 years old, hanging out in bars with a 42 year old who is his boss and his landlord, drinking, and taking valium. He seems to have willingly done these things, since your son doesn't say he was forced. The landlord also accuses your son of stealing.
You don't wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest.
You're not his friend, you're his mother. You seem to want to ruin your son with praise, rather than save him with criticism. You're not doing him a favor. Love him, yes, but be woman enough to tell him when he's wrong to help him get back on the right path. Hopefully, it's not too late already.
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