I have a child who has developed a behavior problem. My almost 10 year old has decided he is going to be surly and try to bully me and my daughter. He also overeats and is overweight for his developmental age. He has gone from the sweetest well behaved child ever to one that will not do anything that is asked and constantly talks back. He is above average size for his age and has no concept of his strength. This child is very introverted and doesn't say much so you would never believe that he was so moody.
I am not a quitter but I am almost at the point that I can't deal with this child anymore. I wanted to keep them at home so that I could be the one who leads by example not a gaggle of age-mates with the odd adult stranger thrown in for good measure. What am I doing wrong? Maybe I need a firmer hand and a louder voice.
One thing I do know that he really needs is a way to burn excess energy and let out pent up emotions. He is very sedentary and doesn't enjoy any sports or anything that has to do with physical activity. We practically have to shove him out the door to play outside. My daughter and I participate in Karate and my son used to do it too but he quit. I bribed him to come with me last night and he did really well but he says he's not going back. He quit scouts this year too.
If I keep worrying about my son's shortcomings is that all that I will see? He is a bright sweet natured child who loves animals and used to wake up smiling. He pretty much stopped speaking much until this year when I decided to take him out of the traditional education system. He loves music and video games. He learned how to play the violin last year and really enjoyed it. We are participating in archery during co-op time. He is excited about it and I am hoping this is something that he will stick with. Wish us luck in finding something for him to be passionate about.