angry 5 year old

Beth - posted on 09/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son says he is missing his Dad and is convinced it is my fault and therefore gets very angry at times, I have tried everything I can think of, and would appreciate any hint or advice.

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Beth - posted on 09/05/2013

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Thank you very much for your response and advice I will try doing what you have suggested I know he likes crabbing and so plan to take him on the next dry day I am off form work.

Cecilia - posted on 09/05/2013

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First, remember to be patient with him. He is missing someone he loves. Think of it like one of your parents died. You have to go through the stages of mourning to be okay. The same is true with your son. He is blaming you, which is much better than blaming himself.

Be on his side with it. Tell him things that are the truth but still on his side, such as, "I wish you could be around him too." "I understand that you miss him."

Try to do some of the things he misses, such as fishing, baseball, what ever activity he misses, give to him.

When he does get angry you have two choices, love or punishment. Which one you choose is up to you and depends on the level of anger in my opinion. If he is using words to tell you he is angry, then I would choose love. Give him hugs and kisses and tell him it will be okay and that you'll always be there for him. If he is hitting then you need to discipline him. usually time out works for this.

My oldest was 5 when he started to show the same signs. It's an important time for a son to have his father around. All we can do is try to fill in that empty spot with something positive.

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