I have to disagree with the counselor. Counselors tend to be demeaning, making the child more angry at the parents. (I should know, my dad did it to me, and I became a mean, ornery person). Now, as I stated in another thread, parents are forgetting that having a child is not just for procreation. You have to become the pillar of your child. Discipline (especially at home), discussion, and sometimes, punishment are what is needed. I am not saying to grab an arm and beat him/her silly. Take away toys, movies, etc. Ground them to their room, and have them read a book. At the extreme, let them know that "bullies" are often never forgotten, and sometimes what they put out comes back to them times 10. IF you think it is hard to discipline him at 7 with his current attitude, wait until he hits 14. Tell him "Bad behavior equals punishment". Then, DO IT. Punish his bad behavior. It will sink in. Teach tolerance, diversity, and respect.
at 6:02 PM on Sep. 1, 2010