“My mom is crazy, legit overbearing, helicopter parent,” says Mike. “My mom has accused me of being a bad kid.”

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The 17-year-old says when he didn’t feel like his parents were hearing him out, he started to lie as a “way to kind of get their attention” and became a habitual liar. He says he then turned to weed and alcohol to “numb the pain.”

“I definitely do manipulate my parents, but there’s a fine line between manipulation and love,” Mike says. “Sometimes, you have to trick people into showing them that you really care about them.”

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