OMG! He hit his sister over the back of the head with a 2x4! On purpose! Because she was insisting he do his fair share of the yard work they were supposed to be doing together! When they came inside over it, he tried to play it like she was victimizing HIM! "I don't understand why she's making such a fuss. I didn't hit her that hard." and "She refused to do the other half of the yard." (like that would be an acceptable excuse, even if she hadn't already clean up the first half while he stood around and made snide comments.) I don't know what the heck has gotten into him! OK, I do, but I still don't get it. He's always been this incredibly sweet, helpful, honest kid...and the last couple years, he has these moments that come out of NOWHERE and does the most insane things. Nothing like this, though! I get that he's having trouble dealing with his surging hormones, but how can the sweet, gentle boy even have the urge to hit his little sister upside the head with a 2x4 in the first place?!?!?!
When he started the attitude like it was all her fault, I completely blew my top! I basically cussed him out and told him to go outside and not come back in until the yard work was done and the garage was clean. Dd has a nice egg growing out of the back of her head, but no bleeding and no signs of concussion. Still, he's lucky that dh and I have always been so devoted to non-violent parenting that my blowing my top is just foul language. I'm SO ANGRY at him right now. I am usually all logic and discussion and talking things out, but omg I can't even begin to imagine how to do that with him over this issue.