My son

Toni - posted on 09/18/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 12 years old he is constantly hurting teasing his sister of 10 and brother of 4 if I don't do or give him what he wants he will hit the other children or shout swear bang do what ever he can to disrupt the house for example if I don't get out of bed and get him a drink at bed time he will make sure he wakes the whole house up he won't do anything I ask him but then other days he is as good as gold

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Kara - posted on 09/18/2016

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This is such a tough age. It's almost like kids cycle back through toddlerhood when they hit tweens and teens. Kids respond best to consistent, clear discipline. What consequences are in place when he does hurt his siblings? Sometimes, natural consequences are best, such as staying up too late=being tired at school the next day. However, if he is seriously hurting the younger kids, he may need more direct intervention. Giving in when he throws a tantrum will only reinforce that behavior, and he is more likely to try it again. The disturbances at bedtime would maybe warrant an earlier bedtime for him, so that he has time to get a drink (or other parts of his nighttime routine) before the younger kids are in bed. Good luck-this can be such a challenge.

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