My 6 year old son is a smart, confident, fun little boy. He is loving and caring, and values his family and friendships. He has never been a bad kid. So why is he misbehaving so much?
Ever since he started 1st grade, he has been doing little things to get in trouble at school and at home. I mean petty things. Little crap. So minor. So irritating.
- Disruptive behavior in the classroom, overly talking out of turn, rough-housing with kids at the wrong time, etc
- Careless mistakes, such as writing on the classrooms brand new carpet, which the kids were specifically instructed not to do.
- Ignoring our requests to brush his teeth, clean up something, put on his jacket, etc and those requests of his teacher at school.
- He’s gotten 5 notes home, all in the first half of the school year.
We have done pretty much everything in the book. We’ve talked to him rationally, we impose timeouts, restrictions, you name it. He is a huge fan of the iPad and Xbox games, and he hasn’t played in over 2 months because of his repeated behavior problems. We told him that if he could go through the entire school week without an issue, he could play games again. You would think that might do it. Nope. He is fully aware of the action = consequence, yet he STILL does it. After the fact, he is remorseful and I can see that he’s trying hard to do better.
He is not a mean, violent or hurtful kid. He’s overachieving in school and has plenty of friends, and a family that loves him dearly. I know that he means well in all that he does, I just don’t understand why he keeps doing the little things that get him in trouble, when he knows 100% that it’s wrong. I don’t know what it is, this impulsive behavior is so sudden. I love him to pieces. I just want him to do well in life, to succeed.
Is this normal behavior for a 6 year old boy?