Tough question, I haven't had experience with this but my brother certainly has and chose to ignore it. His son is 16 now (almost 17) does drugs, drinks, skips school, has a probation officer...my advice is to do something now before it gets out of hand. My first thought is to talk to him, find out what it is that makes him act out, maybe by talking you can find out the root cause. Discipline obviously is key, consistency, but at the same time you have to reward for good behavior and let him know he has positive qualities as well. I can tell you my brother's son is the way he is because they chose to yell and punish versus having some deep conversation. That poor kid thinks no one loves him and has abandoned any goals or dreams he has had because he thinks he's destine to be a failure to everyone.. I'd start by talking, setting boundaries, consistent discipline, and if necessary a counselor. Good luck!
at 11:58 AM on Jan. 14, 2011