Tricia - posted on 07/19/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )
We adopted our 13 year old son from Russia when he was 8 and his traumatic past left him with a slew of mental health issues that manifest in bad behavior, including bullying, defiance, explosive anger, stealing and constant lying and arguing. His behaviour and lack of good decision making skills have forced us to employ strict rules and constant vigilance. He cannot do many things I think a kid his age should be able to do. I want to try to loosen some of his restrictions and try to 1) help him grow into responsibility and privileges appropriate for his age and 2) bring some measure of peace to our stressed out and angry home. What are reasonable restrictions, responsibilities, and privileges for a boy his age?