I really don’t think he is a bad boy. I don’t think he has a deep problem. I think he has difficulty understanding that he is not allowed to act on his impulses. And he is very immature. But his behavior is getting out of hand.
He was in another altercation at school. His fourth. It was actually on the bus, but before the bus left the parking lot. So, it counts as a bus infraction and his punishment is one day of bus suspension.
His first fight: in the cafeteria, he got his tray of food and went to his classes assigned table, he sat down beside some boy. That boy started saying “Oh Hell No” and pushed my son to try to force him from his seat. My son threw his milk carton at the boy. Both boys received one day of In School Suspension.
His second fight: in the hallway, some boy semi-regularly body-checks my kid. They are near one another while walking, the 1st boy chooses to be sneaky. He body-checks a second boy, causing the second boy to be the one who plows into my son and bounces him off the lockers. My son reacts by shoving the second boy into the lockers. The first boy and my son are both given one day of In School Suspension, the second boy is not punished.
His third fight: also in the hallway, but sort of beginning in the library. The is a bit of competition to be the one to get his book checked out first. As I understand it, there was no physical contact in the library, but my son did lose the competition. Lined up in the hall to go back to class, the quicker boy is directly in front off my son. I guess, in the library, my son whined the faster boy’s name when he got to the check-out counter first. So in the hall, the quicker-checker-outter mimics my son whining his name. He is pretending to be my son, whining his own name and then adding “I am so stupid”. My son’s instinct, apparently, is to shove the boy to the floor and kick him. Both boys were given In School Suspension, one day for the fast boy, two days for my son.
His fourth! fight: a girl on the bus, who also lives in our neighborhood, and gets off at our bus stop, and is a well documented annoyance, said something mocking and mean to my boy. He smacked her for it. They are both on Bus Suspension for one day.
I get that he feels like he is being picked on or that someone is being mean to him. I do. But he can not respond with physical violence! He seems to not grasp this. His visit with the therapist yesterday was totally non-eventful. I guess not a lot can happen in the first visit. But, I need him to stop this shit RIGHT NOW. He and his sister have always physical fought with one another. I have known all along that it was wrong. But, I haven’t been able to stop them doing it. I guess he feels that what he does with her can carry over and be done at school too. It just can’t. He can’t keep hitting her or anyone. He has got to learn to ignore what other people say and keep all of his body parts to himself. It’s making me NUTS!
He is also very defiant. When I tell him to do anything, his first response at least 80% of the time, is NO. Just a flat-out NO. Then he has to be told again and again. Then he tries to bargain. “I’ll take a shower AFTER we see the therapist”. And, I know better, I really do, but in the interest of not being late for the appointment, I gave in to that. But, when we got home from the therapist, he refused to shower! I had to yell at him. I had to threaten him. I had to take away electronic privileges. And then, finally, I pulled down his pants and smacked his bare ass with my bare hand. I had to turn on the shower. I had to remove his clothes from his body. I had to smack him on his ass a couple more times. And then he finally showered. While he cried and hated and yelled.
Why would a child refuse simple instructions for simple daily or weekly or whatever things that everyone in the whole world does? Why would he push and push and refuse and yell until I had exhausted every option I could think of and felt that spanking him was all I had left? I very, very seldom spank my children. They do not fight with each other and hit each other because it is a modelled behavior in their home. It causes me a nearly unmanageable amount of stress to have to use corporal punishment. I was a basket case the rest of the evening. He was completely fine and over it by the time he got out of the shower.
God. I could use some advice here.