13 year old boy fights at school and wants constant affection at home
I have a 13 year old step son. His mother is still in the picture, but he lives with us. He has been suspended 6 times this year already (only in second term) mostly for fighting. That in itself is difficult to deal with for us. My second concern is his behavior at home is troubling in a different way. He CONSTANTLY wants hugs, says I love you, calls his father daddy still. And when he wants a hug it’s not just a quick hug, he has to squeeze you, sometimes kiss you. A 13 year old boy that thinks he’s so tough, but still wants to kiss his daddy? I am trying really hard to be empathetic, but all of it is very exhausting. I have an 18 month old, and he is jealous of her too. I try very hard to give him extra attention because I thought that’s what he needed, but nothing has even come close to helping. Any idea out there?