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My son is a polite some times overly emotional. He however does things like he sneaks and plays his nintendo ds eventhough he knows he is not allowed. When asked he says he just loves it so much. He is constantly being punished for things that he knows is wrong but he does in a sneaky manner. At school he makes good grades but he is always in trouble for not following directions and talking. When asked why he says he tried to be good but its too hard. He often lies or leaves things out to get his way. Causing my husband and I to argue. Are my husband and I looking at this the wrong way? We think it is our method of discipline. Which is consistant. I now think he has mental issues. Can you tell me the next steps to take?
My thinking was that the rules were stupid. Honestly, I couldn't see the value in rules - and to this day most rules seem stupid still.
I would obey things that were good rules - don't stick your hand on the hot stove, don't run with scissors. Good, sound rules.
I also used to get in trouble for talking too much and not following directions. To this day I love to play board games but refuse to read the rules - it's boring. I just get out the pieces and make up my own rules - which, actually, are almost always MUCH more fun for everyone than the way the game creators imagined the game should be played.
It really doesn't sound like he's doing much that's truly harmful - he's just not following the arbitrary rules that he doesn't think make much sense.
And I wish I could tell you how to solve this, but my guess is he'll still be doing this when he's an old man.
oh boy can I relate to this child I too would be b=very mischievous and inattentive ..the teacher would throw chalk at me to stop me sitting looking out of the window especially when it was math.I still did pretty well both as a fairly assertive child and a successful adult ..ps I still dont like rules and regulations .
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