How do I get my 5yr old to acknowledge how his actions affect other people.

Christine - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old thinks he is the boss, he has all the answers and does not need to listen to anyone else. His social skills are sadly lacking. He will break his peers construction work repeatedly and show no remorse. When he is asked to say sorry for any of his behaviour he will say it with a smile and you know he just doesn't care. How to do I get him to be more aware of other people's feelings? and How do I get him to participate in more socially acceptable play with his peers?

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Laura - posted on 08/28/2009

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My son thinks he is the boss too at 7yrs. I hope it phases out soon. I put my foot down and say, "You know what? I am the boss, I look after you, I clothe, feed and house you and I love you". Give him a time out. My son is very social, and he loves to have friends around him. Take him to the park or a place where there are lots of kids for him to open up and learn to socialize. Tell him how it is, because he will keep doing what he is doing. I do that to my son. My son is a kid, not an adult. Take control of the situation and just say to him "You know that isn't very nice what you did to that person, that is not appropriate behaviour". Then send him on a time out, or think of another consequence or he is just going to run you over. I have always taken my son to the library for reading time or take him to the park to socialize with kids.

Sarah - posted on 08/28/2009

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show him how it makes other people feel, it sounds mean but it works! i was havin similar problems with my son so when he did something to upset or hurt other people i would do the same to him, he soon understood the consequences his actions wre havin on others and he is now a loving child towards everyone. hope this is helpful.

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