Emotional Development 7yr DS

(3 Posts)
TryingMyBest79 Wed 29-Jul-15 23:08:41

My 7yr old DS appears to not be as emotionally developed as his friends. He regularly has 'meltdowns' (almost like tantrums from a toddler) when things don't go his way. Towards me this can turn into lashing out and hitting. Anything can set it off, he is quite unpredictable, one day we can have a laugh about a comment and the next he will hit out.
I have also noticed other behaviours developing over time, will say things like 'no one loves me and I want to die'. Whilst his dad and I have been separated since DS was 2yrs he has a good relationship with both of us and two extended families who love and support him.
I have been trying to ignore the comments and behaviours in the belief that they are attention seeking, being an only child in a single parent household he is used to attention I guess. But this is not working. I have tried to talk to him when he is calm and he doesn't know why he says it.
Generally he is a loving, caring and very energetic little boy but this behaviour his becoming more frequent and he is starting to demonstrate it more with other people too.
Can anyone offer any experience support and ideas to help. Thanks

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 03-Aug-15 08:12:46

I would go to the go without him and discuss it. Maybe s referral to cahms might help, but I'm not an expert.

YeOldeTrout Wed 05-Aug-15 10:12:31

I think you want to try to identify what the trigger is when he does kick off (missing when he doesn't kick off). Odds are that there is a pattern.

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