Claire371
For the last 6 weeks or so, my sons behaviour has been so challenging, I just don't know how to deal with it. He cries all the time and also gets angry and aggressive. He asks for cuddles and when I try to cuddle him, he pushes me away and shouts no. When I walk away, he runs after me and clings on. This goes on for hours. It only happens at home, his behaviour at school is fine, once I actually get him there. He refuses to get dressed or get in the car and screams till he loses his voice. He kicks and scratches me. But then suddenly he will be absolutely fine and start chatting or playing as if the hours of screaming hadn't happened. My Nan passed away recently and wonder if this has caused him to have separation anxiety. But this behaviour did start before then so I'm not sure. Just seems to have made him worse. He has refused to do all after school activities he used to do. Lost interest in things he used to enjoy. It's like he's depressed. What should I do? 
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling subject. Even if this behaviour began before your grandmother passed, he may have been aware that she was ill or overheard people talking about the occurrence of her death and it may have set him off. The only way to get answers is to ask him, ask him if anything has been bothering him recently, is there a reason he doesn't want to go to school? Ask him casually and without judgement. If you're worried about a sudden change in behaviour, you can discuss it with your GP. You may find it helpful to read our articles on childhood behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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