My son is 14. He has always been a creature of habit. He does not like scary movies or those sad commercials about abused animals or starving children. My son has had nightmares/terrors throughout the years, but they have basically stopped in the last year. Every night when my son gets in bed I go in and hug him and give him a kiss on the cheek. I tell him I love him and he responds in the same manner. If I am not home my son waits up until I get home. If I am out of town he follows the same routine with his dad or his grandma. I have asked him why he follows this routine. His response was he just likes it that way and it makes him feel safe before going to bed. By the way, he spends the night with friends and family and does fine without someone following this routine with him. Do you think this is abnormal behavior for a 14 year old boy? I ask because an acquaintance commented last week that this was not normal behavior for a 14 year old boy. She then had the nerve to ask if he was autistic or a bit feminine!! My daughter is 17 and she still comes to us and hugs us good night before going to bed. Unless she has to work early she also waits up for me if I am not home. This acquaintance didn't seem to think this was strange. This really bothered me on many levels and I can't quite let it go.