I am wondering if it would help your son if you listened to the things he is telling you, and tried to focus on his positive side , I may be wrong here but rereading your post you seem hard on him. Forget his size ,you are giving him healthy food so thats good , no talk about weight,why would he think no one loves him ? no energy , no motivation, this has to come from you, children don't suddenly aquire motivation, and energy, get him enrolled in some activities,no ambition at 7 year old ?.when he returns from his Dads focus on any enjoyable things he has done not the negative. I have to say it is my opinion hes getting his behavior from his parents , you mean well but need to focus on his positive side and praise him when you seeing him doing something right ..
Thanks, I'll try harder to listen to him. Its just a little hard, because all he wants to tell me is about how great Boba Fett is or what he did in the movie he saw once. Literally, this is all he talks about.
Lately, I have been harder on him because he seems to be getting lazy.
I don't know why he would think no one loves him. I know I tell him every day, not quite non stop, but I hug him and leave him little notes in his lunch. I do my best to praise him when he does things like focus on a task that he doesn't really want to do.
I had a limited time to write that message, but I should have put that I have him in a couple extra-curriculars. I signed him up for a young scientist class that he really enjoys that is once a week, he goes to religious education with his good friend once a week, he does martial arts when possible (if he gets his homework done in time).
We go sledding when there is snow, play wii fit together, play board games. I have to convince him to do anything not involving sitting on the couch and lately he has begun saying "ok, what will you give me if I do that?" The satisfaction of knowing you did something?
I guess I really thought I was doing alot for him.
As unhappy as I am with all the spoiling he gets at his dads, its still their quality time and I respect that.
I'll give you some examples with his lack of motivation. Other than playing video games and beating a level, he has no other interest. I practice his martial arts with him so he doesn't have to do it alone, but he only wants to do the bare minimum and that is after convincing him. I have tried making it a chore, didn't work. Tried reward system, nothing. Thought maybe he was lonely and practice with him, still no interest. And that is fine, it may be that martial arts isn't his thing, that's okay.
That said, he has been getting in trouble at school alot this week and for really things that I am not alone in thinking are odd. maybe I am the problem. I don't know what I'm doing that is affecting him to behave like this though.
His class was getting ready to go on a field trip, while putting on their coats, he had a hard time zipping his up and instead of asking for help(and I always tell him- its okay to ask for help, everyone needs help sometimes) he had a huge meltdown and the teacher wouldn't let him go on the trip. He had to stay in the principals office while the class went. Later that day, the teacher's son threw a snowball, no throwing allowed at school, and the kid blamed my kid. Other teachers witnessed it and told the kid to stop lying. Teachers son insisted it was my child who did it anyway, well, my boy had a meltdown because the kid kept trying to blame him.
I told my boy, nothing was achieved by freaking out and having a meltdown, no one thought he threw the snowball anyway. He agrees now, but it seems at the time he can't control his emotions.
Then the teacher told him that it took too long for him to get his snowpants and boots together and so he had to leave them at school. He was freaking out that he was gonna get in trouble about not coming home with them( that was well-founded, he lost 3 pairs of boots in 3 weeks- I was getting fed up with everything being lost, but mostly because he didn't care and said I could just buy more).
I decided that we could time each other to see who could get their stuff together the fastest when we were getting ready to leave.
Next day, he comes home with his snowgear, he told me that the teacher said since he didn't have a meltdown, he could bring them home.
She confirms all this. I don't know what to think about that.
Yesterday I got a phone call from the principal. After spending time at his dad's house(and apparently watching Johnny Test) he said to a teacher that he wished he had x-ray glasses so he could see her and everyones' underwear. They're calling in a middle school counselor to talk to him today. I really thought the whole appropriate vs inappropriate thing was covered by now. When he came home, I had a friend over and we all played monkey in the middle for awhile, twice my kid grabbed my butt after I said no, very inappropriate! he just didn't seem to get it.
I took him for a haircut the other day, I listened as he told stories, entire cartoon and video game plots to the hairdresser and what scare's me is that he talks about this stuff like its real. He can't tell you anything about the kids in his class or what happened in school, but he can tell you everything about say, Phineas and Ferb.
The thing is, you know how when we were kids we would do our acting up and out at home and be on our best behavior away from home? He is the exact opposite. He never acts like this at home or with people he's comfortable with.
I will try harder, but it seems like all the values and positive reinforcement I give at home doesn't stick with him throughout the day.
Idk, I was telling a neighbor and good friend about some of this stuff the other day, her response? She said that he's just not normal and to open my eyes already. ouch.
well your neighbor isnt very nice to say that ..sounds like you are really working at this and I think you are doing well, we all know its not easy . What TV does his Dad let him watch or videos. I agree with you about that behavior he is copying maybe , had Dad a GF ?it may be a good idea to ask Dad whats going on in his house .The counseling you mention may help, I often feel getting expert help works and gives another perspective to the issue .keep going it's worth it ...