Parental communications are so commonly misread by children. He may be mirroring an attitude he thinks you hold. Your son has provided you with an opportunity to look at your marriage. Have you fallen into unhealthy patterns that don't allow you to see what she's going through? If your answer is yes, make a concerted effort to reconnect; this will result in her feeling respected. I think it is important to do this in front of your boy. Remember he takes his cues from you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and some time off from work for the both of you! As always, please send questions and comments to ASK NOAH at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a profitable and peaceful week, Noah This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.