Our son is 5 years old and such a smart and curious child. He is so mechanically inclined and is really good at figuring things out. He is also so VERY hyperactive and emotional. My husband and I just don't know what else to do anymore. Our patience has worn extremely thin.
We try to teach J how to cope with his extra energy and teach him strategies to use for when he feels like he has to get energy out or when he feels frustrated, angry, or sad, but it goes in one ear and out the other. He rarely listens to us. It's like he doesn't even hear us when we speak unless we yell at him, which we try really hard not to do, but sometimes our frustration with him is hard to hide. He's impulsive. He's loud. He talks incessantly. One minute he can be an independent young man and be able to do everything by himself and the next minute, he's acting like a baby and wants us to do every little thing for him, which we try not to do, but sometimes end up doing it just to get him to stop throwing a temper tantrum. And if we tell him no, he screams and cries and runs away yelling, "You hurt my feelings!"
We just don't know what else to do anymore. This isn't our first rodeo...we have a daughter who is 13. These two kids couldn't be any more opposite from each other. J's pediatrician diagnosed him with ADHD last year but hasn't mentioned medicine yet. I'm to the point where I'll do anything!!! to help J be a calm little boy and be able to communicate with him like a normal child. We're willing to try meds. We're willing to try behavioral therapy. Other than that, I don't know any other options. What do we do first? Does anyone have any advice?