Where Has My Cheery Boy Gone?

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For as long as I can remember LP has been the entertainer of the family. He's energetic and he always has a smile on his face.

Or at least that's how it was.

But now my cheery boy seems to have gone.

There's a teenager hiding inside that little man!

He's been replaced with a moody, sulky, 6 year old.

Up until a few months ago LP got out of bed in a morning and greeted me with a toothy grin. He'd give me a hug, sit quietly and have his breakfast, and then start bounding about the house as he got ready to take on the day. 

In contrast his brother, BP, being a tween, is going through some changes and often has outbursts or has a sulk. A few times we've had to sit him down and talk to him about things. We all know his outbursts aren't entirely his fault and that he's finding it hard to control his emotions at the moment. We are all trying hard to deal with this phase.

I don't know if it's a new phase, or if LP is just trying to be like his older brother but he too seems to be going through some changes.

In the past week he's got out of bed and already been sulking most days. The slightest thing can set him off crying, and he doesn't cope well with a little teasing from his brother or his dad. 

One instance comes to mind...

LP had come home after school chatting about one of his friends. She's a girl, and they love playing together. BP decided to have a bit of fun and say that she was his girlfriend. I don't think he expected the response he got. LP promptly stormed off shouting, but BP didn't leave it at that. He continued to tease LP.

Imagine a teenager storming through the house slamming doors and screaming at the top of their voice.

Remember Kevin's outbursts?


Can you see it?

That is what my SIX year old was like. 

Any door he could find he slammed. Whenever BP got anywhere near him he screamed, I mean his voice rang through the whole house! He was crying, yelling, and lashing out.

The sulks happen more often now. Instead of discussing what has upset him (as he used to) he will just storm off and sit in a corner alone.

I seem to have a tween and a teen in the house, it is rather unexpected. I didn't think I'd have to deal with teen problems for a while yet, especially from LP.

I have no idea what is going on.

If you have any advice or insight I'd love to hear it. 


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14 comments:

  1. I've got no advice apart from grid your loins and get ready for a bumpy ride! Good luck and see you on the other side :)

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    1. Thanks hun, I'm hoping it's just a phase.

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  2. Poor thing. I remember being that age and having some things that felt important at the time so I hope he's okay (and you). Maybe check in at school and see if the behaviour is across the board.

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    1. Thanks hun, his behaviour is brilliant at school so that's something to be thankful for. I guess I just need to ride it out.

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  3. I am sure it is a phase. A is really stroppy and tearful at the moment (she is nearly 6) and like you say, it is like living with a teen at times. Maybe if they get it out of the way now, they will be angelic teenagers? Here's hoping

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    1. I'm with you with the hoping.
      Every. Day. LP gets into a strop, sometimes it can be hard let it go. :(

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  4. I have a 6 year old and he is exactly the same, but my one has always been a bit stroppy anyway. I find that if they are tired they get even grumpier.

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    1. Oh definitely, the tiredness makes them grumpier, no doubt! I've sent him to bed early, I've made him go back to bed in a morning, to be honest I'll try anything at the moment. I think the worst part of it is that he's always been a cheery boy, the sudden change is quite upsetting.

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  5. Gah! And I thought I was in for an easy ride once we got passed the terrible twos with tot 2?? *reaches for wine...* Love the pic though. I don't think I'll ever be able to take a stroppy teenager seriously with "Ugh that is so unfair! I hate you!" going through my head in the dulcet tones of Kevin P! :0) x

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    1. Nope doesn't get easier after terrible twos, there is a lull or at least there was for us, but now he's being stroppy so there were only a few years of calm. :) The wine will come in handy!

      Hehe yes I always laugh when I remember Kevin! The difficult thing will be keeping a straight face when BP (or LP for that matter) utters those words!

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  6. Ah bless him it is tough my 7yo girl is a bit up and down too it's not easy! I dread the teen years. I believe around age 7 of course it can be sooner or later I guess boys have a hormone surge so could explain things!x

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    1. That's true, it could be that. I'm trying to just let him sulk, without yelling or trying to talk to him, let him get it out of his system and talk to him once he's settled down. I'll see how that goes.

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  7. Oh no! I think it is partly due to having an older sibling that the younger siblings tend to grow up a bit quicker. My youngest is definitely very influenced by his two much older siblings. For me, I have very firm boundaries for all my kids so they all know when is it ok to tease, what are the issues that matter to each other and they all have to respect the boundaries. Other than that, it is usually leaving my youngest to vent and then cool down, then have a chat. I have come to realise that best to leave him till he's calmed down. I don't even try to correct him when he's in the mood, usually I try to get him to do a relaxing or favourite activity to calm him down. Hope everything settles.

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    1. That's great advice, thanks hun. I think I'm going to try that, allowing him to settle down on his own might be the way to go. Setting boundaries sounds like a good idea too, I'll have to talk to BP about the teasing. Thanks, I really appreciate it. x

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