Son Threatens to Kill Himself

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Help! My 6 year old son was raised without TV and video games until age 4 and now it's very limited. He was a perfect, happy baby since the day he was born. He doesn't have emotional or education needs, per sey, as he's being raised in a happy, healty household with both parents and a 3yr old sister. For the past 3-4 months, when he is upset, he says the following sentences (not all during the same "episode"): I hate myself, I wish I was dead, I want to kill myself, Everybody hates me, I hate you, and this morning, it was I hate this world. I don't even know how to approach this stuff. He's friendly and popular to the point teachers are shocked that older kids walk down the hall and know his name. I know the I hate you is an age thing but I can't find anyone who is experiencing the other sentences. Is this a phase? One person said he needed psych help but I'm not ready to even look down that road. Please tell me this is normal and how I can help him!

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Debra - posted on 02/12/2014

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Hi
The last two post have dome good beginnings I think . I'm also a teacher, Early Childhood, do take this seriously & notice your reactions also but, do investigate it & if needed get a referral from school personnel
The best to you

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2014

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Hi Valerie,
Thanks for responding. It's when we ask him to do somehting, when he gets in trouble or any other time he's on the defense, I guess. We went throught the Sexual remarks phase (thanks to a few girls in his class!) and had to involve the school. Do I just let the teacher know what's going on and see if she hears it from other kids?

Valerie - posted on 02/12/2014

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I am a school teacher, elementary. See if something is happening at school that is making him feel this way. Also some kids say things and other kids copy them. I had a few boys who made sexual remarks and they learned them from their uncles and had no idea what they meant really. When is he saying this? Is it something you want him to do or not to do and he is trying to get a reaction? I want to say my nephew ,years ago, always threatened to call CPS on my sister when he couldn't get his way and she punished him.

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