Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:05 AM
I don't know what to do or say, maybe the answer is nothing. But, it's on my chest and I'm concerned about my nephew and his parents.
My nephew is a very challenging child, he is 5 years old. He hasn't changed much since I posted last with concerns for my own DS. He continually harasses, annoy, pester or bother other children. He does not listen to his parents, to other children or other adults if they tell him to stop etc. He can hear, it has been tested. He will just continue as he wants to. He will only hurt other children if he thinks no one can see him, and he is very quick to tell a lie if he gets caught to change it to him helping etc. This happens on an hourly basis, I am not exaggerating or sensationalising, I have real concern for him and his mum and dad.
He has a younger sister and he is always pestering her. Taking her toys (she is about to turn one), holding it above her head so she can't get it, or throwing it under the couch away from her. He does this to my second son as well who is s bit older than his sister. He trips the babies, he snatches and the next moment he is very protective and possessive of them.
He cries easily and if anything doesn't go his way. He is not in control of his emotions and yells/screams easily or if disciplined.
His school has brought it up with his parents, but not in direct words, only hinting. Also that he has shocking short term memory, can't remember things from a minute or hour ago. I have had a chat to them, we are very close, but they immediately say, boys will be boys, it's the school, it's another child's fault. I hope they can realise something is up, it is tearing their family apart. I think mum is in denial, and his dad has concerns but don't see the point of getting some early intervention or help.
We are in WA. I hope I can be of help to them, I love them and care about them, but I am worried. How can I think something may be wrong with someone I love and do nothing? But please tell me to butt out if needs be!