Thank you for contacting Just Answer. I am so very sorry to hear about what you are experiencing with your son. Let me say this to you. First, one cannot diagnose a problem over the internet, not knowing all the details. Also, children don't sit down and talk to you about their problems. They just don't. That's why we child therapists do play therapy with children. We watch the children play and enact different scenerios and then we figure out what is going on with the child. All this to say that it is not clear what your son's problems are --- but he obviously, as you well know is having problems. I would not delay --- I would bring him to a child therapist so that he may be properly diagnosed and so that the therapist can then meet with your son and figure out what is troubling him. I definitely would not take away privileges, not have early bed times, not go to bed without dinner and certainly not spank him. Your son is presenting symptoms. You and the teachers at school do not know what the symptoms are about. You don't want to aggravate the symptoms even more. Please make an appointment with a child therapist who will be able to help you decode what is going on with your son. Where in the US do you live --- city, state and zip code so that I may help you find someone.
i'm at work so i can't answer right now. Can i respond later?
We are actually taking our other son to a therapist. He had some problems in
Kindergarten. So i guess we will have her see our 2nd grader too. thanks
Absolutely, just ask for me in case we are not in Chat mode. I'll check back to see if you are back.
Dr. Shirley Schaye