Since he was 8 years old, my son has liked to talk and behave nonsensically in front of me. He likes to act cute, or like a baby mimicking a cute voice, and pretending to be like a baby only to me. To others, he acts his age. When I talk to him seriously, he would say things like "I love you mama, you are awesome," but never focus or respond to what I'm saying.
He also likes to hold and hug me. He likes to kiss me, even when I'm talking about serious stuff. I don't understand why, and I have talked to him since he was 8, but he's never changed, even though he says he will, and he doesn't seem to understand why I'm so upset and pissed off by his behavior.
I don't seem to be able to hold a normal conversation with him. I get frustrated, and resent him. I'm going crazy. I think he is trying to get my attention too much. He is too insecure, and fears I may abandon him even though I assure him I won't. It could also be because of the constant conflict at home. His father and I are divorced. He witnessed too much fighting at home. This could have affected him.
Why is he behaving like this, and what can I do to encourage him to act his age?