My 11 year old's woes

Fran - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 11 year old son is driving my husband and I nuts. He is extremely forgetful and loses things all the time. Since the start of the new school year he has lost, destroyed and misplaced quite a few of his belongings. We have talked, bargained, quarreled, reasoned, punished but nothing seems to work for long as he reverts to his old behaviour almost immediately. I am completely out of ideas and I find myself monitoring his every move which I know he hates but I am left with very little choice. If he is told to wait for us at a point after school for pick up, he is often missing. Since recently I've also seen a change in his choice of friends and he is chatting nonstop in church and class these days. Could he be rebelling? If he's acting out like this now I dread the teen years. Anyone with similar concerns.

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Fran - posted on 03/12/2012

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Jodi thanks so much, I felt really awful when I have to ground him or take away his privileges. The thing is, he has been for the most part, a really smart kid so this change is very strange and confusing to us. I will try to get this book. Thanks a million.

Jodi - posted on 03/11/2012

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Totally normal. I have a book called "Raising Boys" (Steve Biddulph (sp?)). And yes, this is a normal result of testosterone injection around that time. I bought the book because I honestly had no clue about boys and puberty....and it turns out this is a big part of it. The book even states that parents end up being the brain for a boy around that time!!! Thi sisn't about his friends, or his influences or him rebelling, it really is about his hormones. They do come out the other side, I promise!!! But just for the record, that was a very helpful book :)

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