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05-22-2014 07:04 PM
Claudia Chapman

That's what I was thinking. Take him to the doctor and ask about having his blood sugar levels tested, a hormonal panel, test for mono and test for tick-borne diseases. Any and all could cause fatigue and lack of motivation. If you haven't already, it might be good to discuss this with a doctor and have a check-up.

 

Is it possible he's simply unhappy being main-streamed? I'm all for mainstreaming children with autism in theory, but sometimes they're just much happier and much more productive in an environment with mostly other autistic kids.

 

Sometimes voice changes happen literally over-night. I've seen it happen that way, with no warning. A boy goes to sleep with a kid's voice and wakes up the next morning with a young man's voice.

05-04-2014 09:55 PM
Tigerle Totally different angle- as he's sleeping so much have physiological causes such as mono or low iron been conclusively ruled out?
03-17-2014 01:43 PM
One_Girl My uncle is about ten years older than me and he went to West Point after attending a rural school with very few extracurricular choices and after getting into a little trouble as a teen so I think even for that school there is room to be a kid during middle school. I've had professors who did community college and state universities before going to prestigious universities for a graduate degree. There are many roads people take to prestigious educational opportunities but I don't think they are likely to go for them or stick with them if the motivation comes from the outside rather than from within.
03-17-2014 06:15 AM
moominmamma Point taken. Prerequisites matter for him. Still aren't you say doing "fine" and coasting through isn't enough? He has to do better than that? Maybe I'm misunderstanding.

Miranda
03-17-2014 05:56 AM
mamalisa
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With all due respect, have you considered that he might be right? That ok is good enough at age 13, and that doing "fine" is sufficient? Do middle school transcripts really matter so much to one's future pathways? They sure don't where I live! 

 

Sadly, it does matter.  The courses you choose in middle school affect the courses you can take in high school and will ultimately affect his college acceptance.  Do I think that it's insane for an 11 year old to have to choose his life path?  Absolutely.  But that's the reality.  This is a kid who wants to go to West Point and since he's a kid he's not able to see the big picture of everything he has to do to get to that point.  That's my job.  

03-16-2014 10:49 AM
moominmamma
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Thanks for all your replies. Spring break week!! I think he needs the break. Mommy intuition tells me I think he is ok. I think it is hormones and the stress of going from grade school to middle school. He does have high-functioning autism which can have its challenges and, under the circumstances- being mainstreamed and aside from organizational assistance, having let go of the need for any other kind of help, I think he is doing fabulous.

 

That's wonderful! Your efforts to understand and support him at a time in his life where the ground is shifting beneath him in many ways will help him come through this as a strong and resilient young person with the confidence he needs to succeed. Enjoy the break!

 

miranda

03-16-2014 10:33 AM
moominmamma
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He doesn't want to make an effort, because he does "fine" without working hard.  Well, ok isn't good enough. He's not "unengaged" or some other fancy word...he's lazy and hasn't quite figured out that doing the bare minimum isn't going to get him anywhere in life.  

 

With all due respect, have you considered that he might be right? That ok is good enough at age 13, and that doing "fine" is sufficient? Do middle school transcripts really matter so much to one's future pathways? They sure don't where I live! 

 

I was very much like your ds at age 13. In middle school and early high school I settled for B's, neglecting assignments, never studying, putting in the bare minimum. My mom told me it wasn't good enough, that I should always do my best, that I should apply myself. I figured I could do this much work and get a B, or I could do four times as much work with a lot more stress and get an A-plus, and I was pretty sure that ten years down the road it would make no difference which path I had chosen. Ten years later I was graduating from medical school, and no one had ever cared that I coasted through 8th grade science. 

 

I'm a runner. Often I run slowly: I log miles while letting my mind wander, while enjoying the natural world. Running is my chance to process all that's going on in my life, to get down time, to connect with myself and with the world around me. My best time on a flat smooth 10k course is around 50 minutes, but 98% of the time I prefer a slower trail route at a leisurely pace that has me finishing in an hour and twenty minutes or so. Even if someone offered me an A for finishing in under an hour and an A-plus for finishing in under 50 minutes, I'd choose my B-minus pace. I don't think that means I'm lazy. I prefer a pace that doesn't hurt, that doesn't create stress. I'm happier, and no less healthy for not giving my maximum effort every day.

 

Miranda

03-16-2014 09:53 AM
mommyin2001 Thanks for all your replies. Spring break week!! I think he needs the break. Mommy intuition tells me I think he is ok. I think it is hormones and the stress of going from grade school to middle school. He does have high-functioning autism which can have its challenges and, under the circumstances- being mainstreamed and aside from organizational assistance, having let go of the need for any other kind of help, I think he is doing fabulous.
03-16-2014 09:13 AM
One_Girl It has been my experience that teachers who call children lazy are unwilling to consider other possibilities even when test results show the child has a skill deficit. Lazy is a loaded term.when used by a teacher and it shuts off other possibilities. I have no problem with parents using it, my dd and I use it with ourselves sometimes, but it's not a term teachers should use and they mostly don't in this district. (except in charter schools and the break room).
03-16-2014 08:55 AM
mamalisa

I have a 13 year old who is brilliant (really, I have the numbers from testing right here!) and he is the laziest person I've ever met when it comes to school work.  He works hard at everything else in life (sports, volunteer, chores) but when it comes to school?  Haha, straight up lazy.  He doesn't want to make an effort, because he does "fine" without working hard.  Well, ok isn't good enough. He's not "unengaged" or some other fancy word...he's lazy and hasn't quite figured out that doing the bare minimum isn't going to get him anywhere in life.  

 

Mine cried a lot from about the middle of 5th grade until about 3/4 of the way through 6th.  My husband coaches his baseball team and honestly at any given time they could have half the boys crying at a practice.  Something as simple as "tell me what you did wrong there?" could set a kid off.  The coaches would just stand there, scared to say anything because you never know what would make them cry.  They are mostly 13 now and much better.  

 

So I think it's mostly normal??  I don't think you need to worry about stopping him from crying, don't most of us feel better after a good cry?  It's a stress reliever.  Just give him the space to feel how he feels, make sure he knows he can talk to you about your problems and give him good big hugs when he lets you.  There were many nights ds would come up to my room and say "I just feel like crying, can I snuggle?"  While I sat there going "What the hell?" inside my head,  I just let him dictate what he needed.  There's so much going on, things that no one would think twice about, kids dwell on.  I saw a text ds sent to one of his friends last week, "are we still friends?"  Dude, what??  Logically he knows he's busy and friend is busy, but for some reason something in his head makes him dramatic and weird.  

03-14-2014 12:37 PM
QueenOfTheMeadow
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Really? You've NEVER seen a kid be lazy at learning? Perhaps it's your background. I've worked with special needs kids but I've also spent a lot of time working with average and intellectually gifted kids. Kids that are being offered a good education with involved and engaged teachers and yet STILL can be lazy. We can ALL be lazy when it comes to doing something we aren't too into. My own kids have been lazy at times choosing to sit on an ipod instead of doing a project they know in advance will take a particular amount of time. 


And how is "lazy" name calling? The definition of lazy is someone who is unwilling to do work or expend energy. Have any of us NOT deserved that word at times? "Lazy" isn't an ethnic slur. It's not character assassination. It's a description for an action most of humanity has enjoyed acting out at some point. Instead of tip-toeing around the fact that sometimes people are downright lazy, why not embracing that "lazy" can be both wonderful and frustrating. Lazy isn't so good when you are choosing to watch TV instead of finish your report. Lazy is beautiful when you decide that it's too lovely a day not to spend at the beach with the family.... chores can wait.

Again, like I said, the OP's kid has a lot going on. I can't say whether it was appropriate or not. I never suggested the kid was lazy at all. I just don't think we do ourselves any favors by treating everyone like the enemy, not seeing our children's flaws for what they are and shielding them from the truth about their poor choices.
I think we'll just have to agree to disagree. I think calling someone lazy is writing them off. I know if someone had decide to just label my middle son as lazy, because he didn't get his homework done, they'd be writing him off. Thankfully, his teachers realized that there was a lot more going on than that. Turns out the kid is incredibly gifted with a learning disability. When supports were put in place, the kid has bloomed. He still has anxiety issues that we're all trying to help him with,which can really affect his output at school. We're all works in progress.
03-14-2014 11:04 AM
KKsMomma

I have to say I skimmed through the replies to this post, so please excuse any ignorance/repetitiveness . . . 

 

My first thought was "Wow, he sounds like me as a teen." Being a sensitive teenager is hard. For obvious reasons! You stress about school, friendships, whether you are "good enough" in so many ways. I think that as long as you are communicating about obvious displays of emotion (trying to find out what is going on, validating, hugging, talking about solutions), you are doing a good thing for him. Trying to adjust diet, sleep, supplementing with vitamins can get kind of overboard and make a kid think there is something fundamentally wrong with him. A lot of kids take a multivitamin to stay healthy when they are a little picky with eating - you could just leave the discussion at that. 

 

I also think that setting expectations about homework might help him. Kids often get "lazy" as they approach puberty because of distraction and self-esteem issues and realizing again "hey, I'm my own person!" But saying that homework needs to be done and following through with checking to see if it is and whatever consequence you have set could help him feel competent if it improves his grades. 

 

I am only speaking from personal experience here, but when things weren't easy for me as a perfectionist or naturally anxious person, I felt like I crumbled. I have had to build my resilience and learn to accept challenges. Parents can be the perfect people to help with this, because they often love you unconditionally and say so. The world doesn't do this for you. 

 

I also wanted to say that being a boy approaching teenage years is hard because culturally that is when boys really feel the pressure to turn their "weak" emotions off and be "like a man," including being "unresponsive" or "flat" in the way they express themselves. This won't last forever, especially if you allow those emotions in your house and can respond to them in a constructive way.

03-13-2014 04:22 PM
moominmamma

I have mixed feelings about the "lazy" label. On balance I prefer "unengaged" but that's not perfect either. The implication with "lazy" is that it is the child's fault that he's not doing the work. The implication with "unengaged" is that it's the school's fault that he's not doing the work. It's not usually that simple -- there's often fault in both directions, and in other directions too. If we're talking about a 6-year-old who is not adapting enthusiastically to school, the onus should be on the school to do more to adapt to the child's needs, to relate differently to him, to alter expectations, to revisit its assumptions, to think outside the box, to figure out if there are obstacles preventing him from learning and feeling successful and so on. When we're talking about a 19-year-old taking a community college chemistry course and he's sitting in the library texting his friends rather than finishing an overdue assignment that would help him keep his B-minus, then I think the fault lies with the student. If he doesn't want to complete the work required for the class, why is he taking it? But in between those two extremes there's a lot of grey area. There's a lot about middle school, for instance, that can make the experience quite awful for some kids, whether the social pressures, the fear of sticking out, of suffering humiliation, a mismatch with learning styles, a lack of appropriate levels of physical activity, mistaken assumptions about the level of executive function skills a tween is ready for, subtle or not-subtle bullying, a lack of strong adult role models, a push-pull between the need for support and the drive towards independence .... and yet despite all the potential problems, kids this age have so little empowerment to change anything about their situations. Often the only way they say of coping is to check out, to disengage. Which isn't exactly a mature coping strategy, but it may be the best they've got at that age. 

 

The other day I watched a 13-year-old who was sitting in the lounge at our local school mouth off to the principal who told her she needed to get to class. Yes she should have been in class. Yes she was sitting where she wasn't supposed to be, doing nothing. But I also know the challenges that girl has had to deal with in her life and how ill-fitting and pointless school must seem to her at her age, from her perspective, how far off any meaningful choice and independence must seem. Lazy, or unengaged? Well, both, I think.

 

Miranda

03-13-2014 02:50 PM
3lilchunklins I guess for me *calling* someone lazy is *calling* them a name. Like it might be truthful to say someone is **being** lazy, but you have described what that person is or is not doing. Rather when you call someone lazy, you have described the person as lazy.
03-13-2014 02:35 PM
whatsnextmom
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I have never seen a child who is simply lazy when it comes to learning things. 

 

Really? You've NEVER seen a kid be lazy at learning? Perhaps it's your background. I've worked with special needs kids but I've also spent a lot of time working with average and intellectually gifted kids. Kids that are being offered a good education with involved and engaged teachers and yet STILL can be lazy. We can ALL be lazy when it comes to doing something we aren't too into. My own kids have been lazy at times choosing to sit on an ipod instead of doing a project they know in advance will take a particular amount of time. 

 

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I'm still in the camp of name calling is immature and wrong!
 

 

And how is "lazy" name calling? The definition of lazy is someone who is unwilling to do work or expend energy. Have any of us NOT deserved that word at times? "Lazy" isn't an ethnic slur. It's not character assassination. It's a description for an action most of humanity has enjoyed acting out at some point. Instead of tip-toeing around the fact that sometimes people are downright lazy, why not embracing that "lazy" can be both wonderful and frustrating. Lazy isn't so good when you are choosing to watch TV instead of finish your report. Lazy is beautiful when you decide that it's too lovely a day not to spend at the beach with the family.... chores can wait.

 

Again, like I said, the OP's kid has a lot going on. I can't say whether it was appropriate or not. I never suggested the kid was lazy at all. I just don't think we do ourselves any favors by treating everyone like the enemy, not seeing our children's flaws for what they are and shielding them from the truth about their poor choices.

03-13-2014 01:28 PM
3lilchunklins I'm still in the camp of name calling is immature and wrong!
You can address issues without resorting to name calling. IMO.
I agree there is a huge entitlement issue in our society, but teachers calling students lazy is not going to fix it. I tend to feel like parents sort of develop the entitlement or lack thereof. And I just dont believe name calling is a way to break entitlement.

(My DH has a bunch of lazy guys with entitlement issues working for him too. But I wouldn't justify calling kids lazy just so they would be hard workers as adults.. kwim?
I believe in encouraging work ethic at home for that purpose.
Also there's a big difference IMO of calling a kid and a grown adult lazy)
Sorry to go so far OT
03-13-2014 11:57 AM
QueenOfTheMeadow I've got 3 kids in special ed, work as an educator, and have a sister who is a special ed teacher. I have never seen a child who is simply lazy when it comes to learning things. It has nothing to do with being PC. It has to do with being aware of the fact that there are many many barriers to learning that with a little more study, understanding, and support can almost always be helped. Uf this child is crying and overly anxious regarding his homework and school, there is obviously something more going on than him being lazy.
03-13-2014 09:21 AM
fisherfamily Amen.
03-13-2014 09:06 AM
whatsnextmom
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I think the point was whether or not he truly is lazy, or not, its completely inappropriate for the teacher to call him that.

 

I don't know about this anymore. I used to be really concerned about political correctness but now I feel like we are doing our kids and ourselves a huge disservice by not being truly honest. Entitlement is a huge issue these days. It's hurting these kids to move into the work place having never taken any real criticism or being told there is an exterior excuse for every problem they've ever had. My poor DH has to hire and work with 20 somethings that fly into a range when it's suggested that their work performance is not up to snuff. Having had a boy deal with bullies since 3rd grade, the inability of the school staff to throw out kids who they know are torturing their peers, their inability to call those parents in and say "get control of your jerky kids".... political correctness, fear of litigation, it's making it impossible to actually correct poor behavior. We can't be OK telling them they are selfless and hard-working and kind but not tell them when they are selfish and lazy and mean.

 

This is off topic of course. Like I said, we know nothing of the OP's child or whether the teacher's comment was earned or not. I'm just tired of playing the word game.... save political correctness for when it's really important (and there are certainly times).... stressing over whether a teacher says a kid is lazy or "unmotivated" like, if there were just something out there to motivate them they'd be fine... it's just not helping in my book.

03-13-2014 08:34 AM
3lilchunklins I think the point was whether or not he truly is lazy, or not, its completely inappropriate for the teacher to call him that.
03-13-2014 08:08 AM
whatsnextmom
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I'm shocked that a teacher would call a student lazy. I've heard teachers say unmotivated, and then brainstorm how ti motivate them, but lazy us just so out of line.

 

It's not a diplomatic thing to say but this is middle school. There are a lot of great kids who indeed get "lazy" during those years. I can't tell you how many times my kids have come home frustrated because they had to do relay races in PE and their teammates just wouldn't run... yes, totally capable but didn't feel like it, didn't care and thought they were really cool sauntering around the track while others were huffing and puffing. It'a an age where "not caring" is cool and being cool is everything. Are ALL kids like this? Of course not. Are there kids who actually struggle? Absolutely. Is the OP's child lazy? We don't even know him, how could we say! Is there a lot of laziness in middle school? Oh my gosh yes. Go volunteer on campus and you'll truly understand the term "herding cats." I've watched kids flunk a test because their pencil broke and they didn't feel like walking to the sharpener. I remember watching my Girl Scout troop who were just totally focused and exhilarating grind to a stop in middle school where suddenly, the same girls that wanted to wake at 5 am to go hike to the frozen lake the year prior wanted to sit in the lodge all day complaining about their lives and groaning every time anything was required of them lol. Yep, certainly lazy at that point but thankfully, 12-13, those years pass.

03-12-2014 05:57 PM
blessedwithboys
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His grades are good. He had an F at one point but got it up to a C. Cs are fine with us. We don't pressure him. I don't think his teachers are. He hates homework period. I remember spending hours on homework each night. He has study hall and completes most of his homework there. He will come home with one sheet of homework and just act devastated. He will spend a great deal of time on one sheet simply because he doesn't want to do it. So opt him out of homework altogether. I've spoken with his teachers. He is in grade 6. He was on the honor roll but now is struggling. He keeps saying he is tired of school.. hates homework..  I beg for any small info for what is going on at school. The teachers report that he is popular. He says no one makes fun of him or anything. This morning he was crying and crying to the point that I was afraid to send him to school. He says this time its because of a choir concert coming up. He signed up for it, he begged and begged for a solo. Now he is crying because he wants out of it because he realizes he has to practice. He recently had a few days off. ALL he did was play xbox 360. Its not like he has clubs or sports or anything. He has choir as an elective at school and that's it. His bedtime is 8:30 but he begs to stay up till 9. That's too early.  He is becoming a teenager and teenagers naturally need a later bedtime and a later wake time.  Switch him to 9:30 and I bet you'll see a huge improvement just from that.  Circadian rhythms and mood are closely linked.  I know this bc I have on child with a sleep disorder and another on with a mood disorder.  Fun!  Aside from hormones, I really can't see why he would be so upset. I was hormonal early and put on birth control simply to regulate my hormones. I remember just sitting and crying and crying for NO reason. Idk what they would do for boys. I'm seriously terrified of the teen years if I can't handle this. I simply don't know what to do to stop him from crying. Is there something all-natural that boys can take to help regulate the hormones?  Strictly limit sugar in all forms, including grains and maybe even fruit.  Blood sugar spikes can cause mood problems.  My son who has mood issues craves sugar and if I don't keep a tight rein, he can end up crippled for days with depression and hopelessness.  I can't take him out of school. I can't do his homework for him. I don't know what else to do. I dropped off my son today and anyone else in the world would think someone died in our family. I feel for him, I really do, but I'm so confused as to how to help that I can't offer any constructive help. Hugs don't help. :(   Yes, they do.  More than you realize or he can tell you.  Don't stop giving them!

 

 

 
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The teacher may be part of the problem. Calling kids lazy is unprofessional andif she's stepping to unprofessional with you I wonder what she is doing the rest of the time. I don't have a boy but my friend does and he definitely gets weepy sometimes. A counselor not associated with the school may help him feel more comfortable opening up.
Agree!

 

 

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While I'm totally confused as to the whys I never make him feel silly for crying. Guys being able to express their emotion is a big thing with me. If anything, I may be pushing him in the direction of letting it all out.
Thanks for your advice. Gave him a 'mental health day' yesterday and he must have been exhausted he slept so much. Seemed happy-go-lucky again today.  What a great mom to know just what he needed and provide it!  Growing into an adult is exhausting.  Try the later bedtime and give him a day off any time it seems like he might need it.  
03-12-2014 04:45 PM
moominmamma

The earliest stages of puberty usually involve pubic hair and scrotal enlargement -- and the beginning of the growth spurt. Penile growth and the changing voice usually follow that, with armpit hair, acne and facial hair coming at the tail end of puberty. There's a lot of variation in when it all starts and in how quickly boys progress through the various stages, but the main point I wanted to make was that hormonal changes usually start well before the voice break. Your husband is mistaken if he believes that it is normally the first sign.

 

Miranda

03-12-2014 03:44 PM
4evermom

My 12 yo has had a couple of weepy episodes recently. I just attributed them to his being too tired since they happened in the evening after busier than usual days... They say kids start to need more sleep when they hit puberty so maybe that's a possibility even if he is getting the same amount of sleep. I don't think puberty starts with the voice changing though that may be the most obvious thing to other people. My son started having body odor about age 11 and is now just beginning to get hairy at 12 1/2. Voice hasn't changed yet.

03-12-2014 11:13 AM
moominmamma
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Otherwise, they feel like no mistake can ever be fixed. Like there is no redemption. 

 

Or that no one believes you're capable of better, since their lack of anger and disappointment suggests that they were expecting you to mess up. I have two very perfectionistic kids who tended to be mortified by mistakes to the point of withdrawing and brooding and avoiding anything that might acknowledge that the mistake had happened. When I saw them being so hard on themselves, I certainly didn't want to rub their noses in what was obviously such a painful and humiliating experience. But sometimes it was best if I pushed them to confront their mess-ups, because they needed me to acknowledge the seriousness of the mistake and show them how to deal with it and move on. It went contrary to my urge to comfort them and wish the hurt away, but I wish I had done a bit more of it.

 

I'm not a fan of punishment as a parenting tool, but I do think that there is a role logically related and mutually agreed-upon consequences for poor choices. Not as a sort of penance to wash away the guilt, but as a way of helping a kid own a mistake, do what he can to right any harm caused, get a sense of closure so he can move on, and reduce his likelihood of making similar mistakes in the future. 

 

I'm not saying you're getting that balance wrong on this: it's impossible to know how things are in your home from just the couple of anecdotes you've shared. I'm just interested in the whole issue of perfectionism and the role parenting practices play in it, and find it helpful to myself to think and talk about it.

 

Miranda

03-12-2014 10:55 AM
QueenOfTheMeadow I'm shocked that a teacher would call a student lazy. I've heard teachers say unmotivated, and then brainstorm how ti motivate them, but lazy us just so out of line.

Your son sounds so much like my middle sin. He has a lot of anxiety around school. He's popular and sociak, but at the same time he's an introvert st heart. By the end of the day he is physically and mentally exhausted. On top of that, he's hormonal. It's a rough combination. I'd look into diet, exercise, supplements and counseling.

Sorry for typos. I'm on my phone!
03-12-2014 07:38 AM
whatsnextmom
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Yah that's the weird thing. We have a very good relationship with him. If anything, we are too lax. Example: two days ago he decides he would like to learn how to lockpick lol. All the doors inside our house lock (we rent. Don't get me started on how weird this house is). So without thinking or asking, he locks his bedroom door shut. Thank goodness he was not on the inside! We don't have keys to the weird doors. I YouTubed how to lockpick and never could figure it out. Hubby had to break in through the window- which thankfully wasn't easy or I couldn't sleep at night. Anyway, there was no grounding or anything. Even when he got an F, he was just told he needed to get it up to a C. We probably would have grounded him but lately he is SO hard on himself. He will see the 2 things he did wrong and not the 10 he did right. I myself, am a perfectionist. I never thought of this, but perhaps he is simply imitating me in how hard I am on myself. Hmm. Food for thought.

 

Some consequences might actually help the perfectionist and "beating himself up" issues. I know that it "sounds" counter-productive but some kids do better having a price and being able to pay it. Otherwise, they feel like no mistake can ever be fixed. Like there is no redemption. Getting in trouble, having a consequence and fulfilling that consequence can actually help them let go of the mistake. I say this as the parents of two such kids whose issues in this regard improved when we started a few selective "punishments" as opposed to always just "talking about it." It helped them put things in perspective too as before, neither could differentiate emotionally between a really poor choice and an honest mistake.

 

In your case, we wouldn't have punished for the door. That was impulsive but just a mistake. The F, if it's been established that the effort isn't there... if the grade is largely based on missing assignments.... then maybe a consequence will actually help him. It should be a consequence that supports his efforts at a higher grade... not just some arbitrary thing but if you are dealing with his inability to move past his own mistakes, implementing some consequences might actually help.

03-12-2014 06:32 AM
mommyin2001 Yah that's the weird thing. We have a very good relationship with him. If anything, we are too lax. Example: two days ago he decides he would like to learn how to lockpick lol. All the doors inside our house lock (we rent. Don't get me started on how weird this house is). So without thinking or asking, he locks his bedroom door shut. Thank goodness he was not on the inside! We don't have keys to the weird doors. I YouTubed how to lockpick and never could figure it out. Hubby had to break in through the window- which thankfully wasn't easy or I couldn't sleep at night. Anyway, there was no grounding or anything. Even when he got an F, he was just told he needed to get it up to a C. We probably would have grounded him but lately he is SO hard on himself. He will see the 2 things he did wrong and not the 10 he did right. I myself, am a perfectionist. I never thought of this, but perhaps he is simply imitating me in how hard I am on myself. Hmm. Food for thought.
03-12-2014 05:41 AM
3lilchunklins Oh ok that's good. IDK why I was getting the vibe that he was being shamed for his feelings. That's my bad.
It must be really frustrating! I'm sorry for you and your DS... Do you think he might open up to his dad? Sometimes kids need the parent of their same sex. Maybe they could do something your DS enjoys with no pressure about opening up, just get his mi.d off of things. And sometimes when you stop chasing is when they surrender. Or at least dad and DS have a day of bonding and ge might open up more in the future.

ETA- my DH is a youth pastor and some teens are SO very deeply wounded. There are a thousand reasons and each kid is different. But he gets them to open up by creating trust. He spends time one on one and just hangs out... When they do start to reveal things, never evver bring condemnation!
03-12-2014 05:29 AM
mommyin2001 While I'm totally confused as to the whys I never make him feel silly for crying. Guys being able to express their emotion is a big thing with me. If anything, I may be pushing him in the direction of letting it all out.
Thanks for your advice. Gave him a 'mental health day' yesterday and he must have been exhausted he slept so much. Seemed happy-go-lucky again today.
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