I don't know what I am going to do about our son, Tom. If he doesn't change soon, we just might have to take drastic action ...
Our son changed when he hit his teens. Before he turned thirteen, Tom was a very sweet, loving, outgoing kid who would give the shirt off his back if asked. Now, however, he is sullen, introverted, and thinks only about himself. If someone is hurt, he will laugh at the injured person before going on his merry way, or he will push older people on walkers or canes out of the way, just so he can be first in line.
I have seen older people end up on the ground because of Tom's inconsiderate actions; I'm then forced to spend the next fifteen minutes of my time helping the person my son bowled over back up onto their feet and apologizing profusely for my son's inconsiderate actions.
I have told him more than once about the consequences of his actions, but it only seems to go into one ear and out of the other. It's as if Tom has potatoes growing inside his ears because he doesn't listen to a word we say to him. According to Tom, it's his way or the highway; he doesn't want to hear people tell him what to do or how to behave.
I have also seen Tom take the biggest helping of food whenever we go out to eat; he even takes food off his little sister's plate (which then causes his dad to roar and little sister to start crying). If he does that just one more time, I am going to have to stick the fork into the back of his hand and tell him to quit it. It's getting to the point where we don't want to take our son out with us whenever we go anywhere because he is an embarrasment to us (and to others).
At church, Tom will sit there in the pew and have burping contests with his friends while the pastor is preaching. Or he will purposely sing the hymns off key, in a very loud voice, thus, throwing off the choir, and he thinks it's hilarious. I can tell Pastor Tim doesn't like dealing with us because of how Tom behaves. He is rude, loud, and excessive; whatever manners he learned as a child have seemed to have flown out the window.
We may end up sending Tom to military school. If we can't reach him or teach him appropriate behavior, then maybe somebody else can. We are at the end of our ropes with this child!