How can I make my 13 year old behave in school

Tabitha - posted on 04/11/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old son is acting silly and disrespectful at school. At home this is not the case so I am really puzzled about what is going on. I have talked and talked to him. I have taken his cell phone. He has been put on restriction and I do mean restriction. In his room except to eat and shower. No TV, radio, computer, games, or phone. Just sitting and reading school text books. What else can I do?

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IF that is not his normal personality there may be something going on at school. Look into it closely.

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Tabitha - posted on 04/11/2012

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Thank you Sara. I will talk to his teachers more about what is taking place. Thanks for advice

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Have you had a meeting with his teachers and him? It may be that you all just need to sit down together and discuss what he is doing and why they find it inappropriate. Also, they need to know his "story", I would tell them (privately) so they can understand him a little better.

Tabitha - posted on 04/11/2012

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Actually there is a lot going on. For 2 1/2 years I was not in my childrens lives. Then for the next 3 years I was fighting for visitation. Finally got it. For three more long years I was fighting for custody. In Dec of 2011 my children came home. My 13 and 10 year old are very happy being home. As for my 9 year old, he is happy but he misses the people he lived with for all those years. At home my 13 year old is very respectfull. Yes he is silly at times but not to the extent that his teachers are telling me about. I feel so sad when I hear negative things about my kids and it scares me to think that he will just give up in school. Also we have another court hearing coming up for the Final Order. It scares me to death to think that I might loose my babies again because of school behavior. I want him to know when is time to play and when it is not. I want him to be respected and to give respect. I want him to know and feel that he has the power to control his behavior.

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