6 year old boy.... Help!!!

Jessica - posted on 06/27/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am a "mom" to a six year old boy (we will call him W). He is incredible! I have been with his dad (we'll call him K, and we're now engaged) for three years. His mom is not and has not been around since he was a baby. The majority of each of our days are fine. He had a great year in kindergarten, a year and a half before that in preschool, and does very well. Summer time is very trying though! Especially in the last few months, he has developed an attitude, seems to have permanently broken "listening ears", does not control his anger well, and is just pushing all buttons possible. We've tried being nice. We've tried being tough. We've tried the in between. Nothing seems to get through to him for more than an hour...
I don't know if I'm looking for advice. I don't know if I'm looking for other parents to tell me thus is normal or not. I don't know... So I suppose anything you want to say might be useful! :)

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Ev - posted on 06/28/2014

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Are you both consistent when you give consequences? I ask this because when my daughter got to the age of 7, she had more of an attitude, not listening and so on. She tried our buttons for a year and we had to stick to our choices of how to handle her. That is most important. He is trying to see how far he can push things. Maybe it is time to sit him down and invest in some rules and consequences. Tell him the rules and what happens when he does not follow through. Also make it clear that if he asks for something and is told no, that is the final answer. If he tried to have a fit about it, then make the consequences fit the incident going on. Never back off.

Jessica - posted on 06/27/2014

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By the way, please no responses about mom vs stepmom or anything like that. Yes, I know that sometimes his behavior might have to do with emotions attached to his mother (especially right now as I'm about 5 months pregnant), but I'm not looking to start any debates like that. Thanks!

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