Hi MaryRo, Thank you so much, I have asked him if he wanted to speak to the phycologist but was a clear no and I have linked in with a phycologist myself from a DV service who has suggested many strategies for me and my partner but the subject is too sensitive to implement on his behalf. I am very greatful for the information, I think if I can show him this or even just comfortably talk about it without be defensive (which I can do) we might get somewhere. Dealing with a teenager is one thing a partner is another🤦♀️
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I have a 13.5yr old son who is now into a second term of school refusal, he does have anxiety and is seeking support from a physcoligist (grew up in a DV environment which we are away from now) the support from his school, physcoligist GP etc. has been amazing however my partner who is usually the softest soul just can not get his head around it all and says he is just defiant and needs strict punishment and boundaries until he goes back to school. My question is how do I get him to understand? Yes there is behavioural issues but there is alot of unlying issues that cause these behaviours that I just can't get him to understand? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. PS I have invited him to discuss this with health professional but his not open to the suggestion.
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