Hi all!

 I'm new here and still trying to figure out how everything works. The main reason I joined is because I am having trouble with my nine year old son and I was hoping to get advice from other moms. I am married, but my husband is the type to go to work and come home expect dinner and spend the rest of the night on the couch. My son really needs his dad but my husband seems to think the fact that he is in the house is enough. My son is acting out in the worst way. I was in and out of his third grade class because of it. He is a straight A student but can't seem to control himself. He has been kicked out of summer camp repeatedly and it's only July!!! He is not violent, but he still throws tantrums ( the fall down on the ground screaming kind!) I am mortified by his behavior and I can't believe he isn't embarrassed for the other kids to see him act this way. I don't give into this behavior so I am baffled as to why he continues to do it. If I want to send him to his room I literally have to drag him (while his dad will actually lean around us if we block the TV) I am so frustrated and upset because his behavior turns people off and I don't know what to do. I think he is trying to get attention from his father, because he will not do this with my mother or brother in law. Any advice?????

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Jul. 14, 2007 at 1:50 PM First off, I would like to say welcome to Cafe Mom.  Now, I have a 2 year old child and another child on the way.  My son acts up too.  Fits, screams, tantrums, you name it, and he's only two.  His father is the type that will go to work, come home and watch TV, then go to bed.  He helps with the discipline, but it doesn't work.  I can't give you any real advice because my son isn't that age yet, but what I can tell from your post, is that your son is craving attention from his father.  If he isn't doing this in front of your Mother and Brother-in-law, then maybe that's the problem.  I have seen children act that way because they are not receiving enough attention from one or both parents.  Maybe  you could sit down with your husband and talk it over.

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Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:09 PM I have talked with my husband about this and he says he will try harder. So far no real results. Hopefully that will change. The funny things is that he was a good baby that didn't really go through the terrible twos ( or maybe they just pale in comparison with his current behavior LOL).

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