Terrible 8's, my 8 year old acts like a 3 year old

Lynzie Beth - posted on 11/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




Soooo... I have an 8 yr old stepson who's mother passed away about a year ago. His behavior is a little different from his peers, in that he is very whiny and has to get his way all the time. He believes everyone is against him. If he says something funny and we laugh, he immediately breaks down, cries. He also interrupts adult conversation and is very clingy to me. He doesn't like for me and his dad to kiss or hug. Our affection toward each other has made him so upset that he has actually thrown things and yelled. But he loves me. Sometimes I think I'm the queen of the world. Believe it or not he's a great kid but you never know when something might go wrong. I try to get his dad to take him to counseling, but I feel that he thinks I'm being mean or thinks there is nothing wrong with his sons behavior... I'm struggling here, I love my family but it's super frustrating... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


Dove - posted on 11/11/2014




His mom died a year ago. I would not quit bugging his father until he gets him into counseling. He's crying out for help here. Listen!

Guest - posted on 11/11/2014




Do try counselling. Explain to your husband that it doesn't mean something is wrong with his son, but the child has lost his mother, and he lost her at a very difficult age, and that can be VERY traumatic for a child. He needs grief counselling. His inability to deal with the emotions he has about losing his mom is probably what is holding him back now and causing these emotional outbursts. Again, it doesn't mean anything is wrong with him, but he was too young, not mature enough to handle that kind of loss on his own yet.


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