I need some advice. My 6 year old son has been acting out. We have a fairly large mixed family and I know life isnt always easy with having other siblings but he's been acting strange lately. He used to be too nice and would let everyone walk all over him just so he could be around them and feel included. I told him to not let the others take advantage and to stand up for himself and be an individual instead always following others. He did great for awhile, he finally found his own interests and was becoming his own person. Lately thou things are getting out of hand. He's getting extremely frustrated lately and will act out without warning. He'll either get angry or sad. It's gotten to where I believe there is an underlying problem and I may have figured it out but Im freaking out and Im really conserned because Im not sure what to do. I think that he's very sensitive and is feeling like he isnt being heard and is pretty co-dependant. I thinking that he doesnt understand that others cant tell whats wrong... Like he assumes they realize when they are doing something when they may have no clue. I explained to him that he needs to express to us how he feels because we may be unaware and not to get angry without us understanding why. I asked him to just let us know what it is so we can fix it. He seemed to understand better this way but I think he felt like I was attacking him. I reassured him that there was nothing wrong with him or his emotions just that he needs to let us know so we can do something different and that if we are not aware (mostly siblings) then the problem will not go away.. That we cant know what he's feeling all the time and for him to help us so we can help him. I really dont know what else to do. I feel completely lost and Im really not sure how to handle it. I told to just come to me anytime something is upsetting him and he is unsure how to approach it and I will help work it out so everyone involved understands and that if he gets angry and the other children are clueless as to why then they're not going to understand or want to play if they think he's just freaking out without justification. Any suggestions?