Joanna - posted on 09/16/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
My son is only 8 but has zero respect for me, answers back all the time, for example when my husband switched off the computer on 3rd time of asking, so we could have dinner together, my son refused to come to the table. When I went to get him, he said not until you've apologised. This is typical daily behaviour, and I find myself drawn into arguments with him because he doesn't respect our decisions. I actually broke down in front of him and cried tonight. I've recently given up my job so I could be a bigger part of my children's lives, and his only concern seems to be that I can't afford to pay for him to do stuff. He would rather I wasn't here, and he could afford to do what he wants. His bad attitude started before our changes in circumstances, but has got worse. I restrict his screen time, hide the Wii if necessary, but he just sees that as unfair punishment. He doesn't throw tantrums, he goes quiet and argues calmly with me, but basically thinks my house rules are unfair, and spends every day battling with me. I have been worried about his mental health- he seems too mopey for such a young boy, only turned 8 a week ago. Should I get medical advice, family counselling, or any other advice welcome.