Barbara - posted on 01/29/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
My oldest son, who will be five next month, is a really good, empathetic, sensitive boy. He is perfectly behaved at school, he is great with his little brother, and he is well behaved overall at home. The problem is, when he is around my brothers or his grandpas, or pretty much anyone we have around who is our friend but doesn't live with us, he acts like a madman all of a sudden. He'll be climbing all over them, laughing hysterically, putting his hands in their faces or blowing raspberries. He'll try and pull them away from the conversation we're having to play with him, even if he doesn't know them. If they do play with him he will be calm while they are engaged in whatever activity they are doing, but he'll start the attention seeking behavior as soon as they try and break away. I will tell him to stop it, I'll take privileges away, I'll talk to him about it in depth after the people go but the people are always so polite about it I think that he doesn't get the message that they really don't like it. He used to be too shy to speak to people, but over the last year and a half or so this has happened. How do I get him to calm down and act like a normal person?