My super polite charming son is total opposite at home

Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 very polite mild mannerd in public I am always being complimented on how good he is how smart funny and caring he is. But at home he is a terror running around the house jumping on the furnituer getting in to everything after being told time and time agian it's not for him. He gets plenty of good attention I started making him sit on the bottom step as I think he is to old for the corner that worked for a few weeks now he will sit and not care and be back to whatever when he is allowed to get up. Any Ideas???

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Amanda - posted on 12/06/2010

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That is my oldest who is almost 7 word for word!! He's a super angel at school his teacher and friends and any other teacher or principal all say how great he is and how he's no trouble at all there! Than out in public he is right next to us always on his best behavior never have to say a word to him! But once he gets home...TOTAL different kid!!!!! He started seeing a physciatrist or however you spell it a few weeks ago because he's had a lot of behavior changes and they've only gotten worse at home, since he's started seeing his bio dad regularly in almost a year. The dr told me that most kids will seem worse at home, since they can actually be themselves, not have to follow "rules",but when saying that they NEED the rules and structure just as much at home as they do in public. I asked him how since we started with time-outs, and those didn't work, we went to taking away things from his room, and also his bike, but he quickly gets over that. Than we sent him to his room for 5 minutes, and he laughed in our faces. We've now started sending him to bed 5 min earlier each time we have to tell him something after a warning. Like no jumping on the couch, warning...than if we have to tell him again, that's 5 min earlier to bed.
We've been doing this for almost a week, and he's learning it's not very fun to have to go to bed before his younger sisters. It's getting less and less frequent that we are having to tell him 5 min earlier Andrew! It's working so far, mainly because he HATES going to bed early!
So if I were you I'd find something you know he absolutley hates and enforce it! Reading a book, doing a specific chore, like vacuuming, or dishes. Going to bed early. Things like that. Give a warning and when he doesn't listen that's 5 min earlier to bed, or longer for a chore. He'll get the point! Hopefully! Hope that helps! Hang in there something is BOUND to work sooner or later! :)

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Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2010

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Thank you I'm so glad that first my son is not the only one out there and second for this post I'm kinda looking forward to getting down bussiness :)

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