We live in Texas. My child is 5 years old and an only child. I was a single mom up until 10 months ago. From the age of 9 months until 3 months ago I was the only one caring for and raising my child. We recently moved back to the city where my family lives. The only supporter has always and only been my boyfriend (who I've known for 10 years). My family is in no way supporting me in all this. I get no calls or texts to check on us. I've reached out to them from the start and still no one helps, gives me a break or anything.
I started noticing behavior issues around when he was 2 years old. I reached out to an ECI (Early Child Intervention) program. It started due to delay in speech. So I brought up his behavior issues to our ECI case worker. Also he wasn't around other children until age 3. I wasn't sure if the behavior was a whole different situation. They weren't just tantrums. I literally couldn't be on the city bus, appt or go to the grocery store. My son would swing, scratch, bite and even yell from the top of his lungs. It was horrible and embarrassing. I couldn't do anything. There was always an adult trying to intervene or question my parenting. If I ignored the things my son would do adults would give him attention or say "he's just a kid". If I tried talking to my son to calm him down they disagreed if I told him no or say something to me as if I was the bad person.
At 3, my son was in public school. Placed in a Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) class. I was scared for the teachers and students, but they did great with him. They saw the potential in him. He hit, bit, pulled hair, threw objects, destroyed the class on two different occasions. When put in a time out on a bean bag it would take him 15-20 minutes to calm himself down. Screamed, kicked and threw himself on the ground.
At age 3 and a half I went to seek help because I had people question if he was possibly autistic. He got evaluated, he was not autistic. I then noticed the quick mood changes and anger. I thought maybe he was bipolar. They told me he was too young to evaluate him for bipolar, they could evaluate him for that at 7.
Last year around April, I got referred to have him evaluated for ADHD. The doctor who evaluated him for ADHD said he shows signs of both ADD and ADHD. He was then put on low doses of Risperdone and Adderall. About 5 months ago, I took him off both medications. My son is way too energized. Even his teachers were informing me he was way too hyper every morning.
Now my son is at a new school. New teacher. New surroundings. Big change from the other city. I understand it will take him time to adjust to the big change. But his routine is still the same. Same rules apply as they did in the previous home.
It took us 3 years to stick and make the routine work. But now it's like he forgot it all. My son is in bed by 7:15pm every night. No sweets (unless it's a piece of cake at a birthday party or a lollipop every once in a while). When he doesn't listen or misbehaves I make him stand him on the wall for 5 minutes. Now I send him to his room which he hates. We took his toys and TV out his room. We sometimes reward his good behavior with the TV or a toy or two. I even made him a treasure box for good behavior.
But lately he's been talking back, making grunt sounds, refusing to listen, wetting the bed all over again. Ignoring us or saying "I don't like you." or "I hate you.". He comes home from school telling half truths or making stuff up. For instance, two weeks ago he said his teacher said, "If you don't want to be at this school, fine go to another school see how other teachers treat you." The next day I went to the school and asked the teacher about what he said. He said my child told her, "I don't want you at this school. I don't like you."
He tells the teachers all kinds of rude stuff. I gave his teachers a heads up about his behavior, the lying, picking, and choosing to see who will let him get away with things. And now when I correct his bad choices or behavior he gets an attitude and says "I'm gonna tell on you." Basically he throws his teachers at us. Because of course the school staff aren't his parents, he assumes he can do whatever he wants at school. He gets stickers, maybe a toy from a treasure box or popcorn. He's eager to go to school because he sees it as "play time".
I feel like I tried everything. Like I'm desperate for any advice or ideas on how to get the behavior controlled, stop the wetting on the bed. Stop ignoring us, talking back, and show respect. I love my son so much it hurts me to be treated ugly. All I ever want for him is to be happy and know we care. Not an angry rude boy. A happy loving 5-year-old. Please help us.