To listen to my 8 year old?(10 Posts)
How is his relationship with his dad?
I would try to delve a bit deeper to see what his reasons are by chatting using non leading questions. Tell me... Explain to me... Describe... Etc.
Bottom line is that yes you absolutely should listen to your child. Best case scenario is that he prefers your company/home. Worst case scenario doesn't bear thinking about.
What is your relationship like with your stbx ? Could you not approach this togetjer as im sure you both want what is best for your son.
I used to try and hide at that age when we were due at my dad's for the weekend.
Now I'm glad my mum made me go as if she didn't I wouldn't have the fantastic relationship I have today with my dad
How is he when he's actual at his dads OP? Does he react similarly when he's returning from his DD's to yours? He might just act like that with you then be perfectly fine when he's actually at his dads.
My little brother hates going round his father's house so much he's started wetting the bed again.
My father doesn't severely abuse him, hed never hit him or anything, he just ignores him. He doesn't plan any weekend activities, he eats dinner in a seperate room, he doesnt buy him anything nice. He sends him to school in illfitting school uniform (until recently, my mother has bought him new uniform for dad's house too). He barely talks to him and hasn't done anything about his room being dirty.
I don't live there (I'm a parent myself) or visit much (I don't him), but I can see why my brother doesn't like going round. Thing is, he struggles to articulate why. Dad doesn't actually do anything WRONG - he doesn't hit him or say mean things. Nothing worth getting social services involved. But he's not being cherished and he knows this, even if he can't articulate it, and he'd be better off not going.
My mother does her best to book his playdates around dad days, and often doesn't take him at all, but still won't push to change the custody agreement.
I'd do whatever you can to make sure your child is happy.
Because I was little, I just wanted to stay with my mum, my room and have my things around me. I don't think I understood why he couldn't just come to our house to stay.
What is your ex like as a father? If he is decent (although maybe does things in a different way to you) then I would continue to encourage him to go. I think children tend to have a favourite parent - DS1 is 8 and is all about his Daddy. He always asks when he is getting home from work (I know on the days I work he doesn't ask this) and he absolutely loves DH. He loves me too, very much so, I do fun things with him, spend 1-1 time with him swimming, at the park, visiting castles etc but at the end of the day I know if he had a choice it would be with both of us, or if a straight choice was drawn would definitely choose DH (although wouldn't as he knows now that being that overt hurts my feelings and is rude).
I guess what I'm saying is that I feel I am a pretty good parent, DSs get lots of cuddles, stories, games and activities with me, but if DH and I were to ever split up (hopefully not!) DS1 would struggle and want to be with DH more. Not because I am a terrible parent, but because for some reason DH is his favourite and has been since aged 2. I would be heartbroken if DH used that as a reason not to share custody.
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