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How can I teach my nephew emotions?

I watch my nephew who is 5 evey day and have for about a year now. He has no emotions! He is sneaky, mean, rude, manipulative and I am at a lost of what to do. He is my brothers only child and my brother isn't much help. He blames every one except my nephew. What do I do to control him since his behavior is rubbing off on MY children?


Asked by ejkmommy at 11:43 AM on Aug. 10, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • By constantly modeling appropriate emotional responses and redirecting him when he does not use appropriate emotional responses, he may be able to begin to learn what he's missing. It sounds as if he hasn't had any positive role models and is acting accordingly.
    There are many reasons why a child doesn't display emotions in the expected ways. Your description isn't nearly enough with which to form a diagnosis.

    Answer by Gaccck at 7:13 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • you mean empathy?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:45 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • I don't want to alarm you but you may want to get your brother to have him evaluated. If he shows NO emotion, it's extremely possible that he's a sociopath.

    I personally wouldn't let him around my children, especially if his dad is not willing to do anything about it.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 11:47 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • I don't mean to alarm you either but I am with DarkFaery...this sounds like classic sociopath symptoms. I think you should seriously have him evaluated before he turns on someone or himself in a major way.

    Answer by salexander at 11:57 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Was he passed around as an infant/toddler, did he have a primary caregiver that he was around all the time? He sounds like he has an attachment disorder/delay. Go to and see if that describes him. It has helped with our angry child.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 4:54 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • well if he has anger = start there. make him talk about WHY he is angry... then try to make some connection - remember when YOU felt like that.. when he makes the other kids mad... maybe he can begin to relate by understanding others.. even one emotion at a time is something... and btw.... children with certain forms and degrees of autism dont show emotion easily/ naturally/ without help... it could be caused by anything but if you want to help him.. maybe look into literature on child therapy.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 4:58 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • All emotions, all he shows is anger. He doesn't show love, remorse, fear, saddness, empathy, sympathy. I am afraid he will end up in prison as an adult if I do not do something now. I know he is not my child, but he still is a child and needs Help.

    Comment by ejkmommy (original poster) at 11:48 AM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • I agree with DarkFaery and salexander. Hard to hear but think they may be on to something

    Answer by justgrape723 at 2:16 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • kids who suffer from depression some times lash out in anger

    Answer by justgrape723 at 5:13 PM on Aug. 10, 2010