Thank you everyone for all your great feedback! When speaking to his teachers it seems like he doesn't have much motivation or puts in much effort during classtime. I can't get him to work independently. He has to be pushed into getting anything done. When this happens i remove all electronics but it seems to bring him into deeper isolation. Depression could definitely be a factor and low self-esteem. The articles provided to us here are awesome, and I'm working on enhancing my parenting skills too. Yesterday, we all took a walk to the park and he had a great time. He made a friend at the park, he was even playing soccer with her. Setting limits on gaming/Tv time is something I need to be stricter on. I immediately seen a difference yesterday with a little more outdoor time. He was in a better mood after our walk, even though he didn't want to join me and his sisters initially. In regards, to clubs and sports he can't play any contact sports due to his health but he's been interested in archery. I'll be enrolling him up for some classes they offer nearby. I'm looking forward to counseling to see where this new journey takes us. Thank you all! I appreciate the kind words and positive energy from all you! I'm also an introvert, and I completely understand his emotions. It's just hard to think he has no one to sit with during lunch. I don't want to be that mom that saves him from every situation. I want to raise an independent son who will be able to cope on his own. At the end of the day that's my baby, my firstborn and he's very special from everything he's been through.
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Hello everyone, My son who is an 8th grade has been struggling in school the last few years. He's currently on a 504 plan due to his medical history (transplant patient, cardiology issues, pulmonary issues..etc.) Besides his growth stunt (he's as tall as a 5th-6th grader) he's a very bright kid. He's been tested for learning disabilities but scored superior than most kids. This makes me wonder if it's his social life which is effecting his school performance. We've thought of homeschooling him but he wasn't too excited about it at the time, so we kept him in a regular school setting. Now he's requesting to be homeschooled. I began questioning him about his social life at school and he's slowly opening up to me and he mentioned that he sits alone during lunch. He calls himself an introvert and claims he's "socially awkward" he loves to play Video games and be alone for the most part. He claims the kids are nice but he feels more comfortable being alone. This breaks my heart sooo much. I cried because it hurts me knowing that. He hides himself under his hoodie. He doesn't go to school without it. I feel like that's his comfort away from home. We just got back from back to school night and I notice he walks with his head down. He doesn't seem like he has much confidence in himself. I wish i could just remove him from school and homeschool him but i don't know of that's the best thing to do. I've scheduled him for counseling this Thurs. Itll be our first appt. I'm hoping this will help him open up and maybe they can teach me a few things along the way (it'll be family counseling too) I know all kids don't learn the same way or at the same pace but i feel like if i were to do that it'll just isolate him even more. My heart is broken!
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