11 Year-old Acting Out

Question: Dear Luise: I have an 11 year son, AJ. His father and I split when he was 2. About 9 months ago he started to really lash out and have what we would call “outbursts”, he becomes unruley and starts to scream. Just recently he has become verbally abusive to his father and step-mother. I myself have never seen this behavior from him, but I watched a video tape. My heart broke. What is a mother to do? L.

Answer: Dear L: My guess is that the kind of behavior you describe is a cry for help from your son. If he lives with your “ex” and his stepmother, you all need to work on this together, if possible. It sounds like he needs professional treatment and the sooner the better. Blessings, Luise


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