Where Has My Cheery Boy Gone?

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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