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A friend of mine has a daughter that tried to drown the other sister in the tub the other day. The oldest one is 7 yrs and the other is 4 yrs old. Both have different fathers, and for awhile, I was seeing both children more than their individual fathers.. I care a lot about all 3 of them. The mom had a violent relationship with the latest father in 1997-98 and tried unsuccessfully to resurrect the relationship but it turned out bad. Mom is a little quick in temper, but not overly hot. I am trying to help her and the kids in what ever way possible, but she isn't receptive to the idea of Ritalin, as the school suggested. Nor at this time understand that the last 2 years has caused a lot of trauma on all three of them.

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I would just like to find out the best route to take for discipline. My son seems to just explode when an item is take away from him because of his behavior. He swings at you ... verbal abuse. This is very hard to control. Please help.

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My son is almost 12 and in the 5th grade. I retained him in the 3rd grade because of his difficulty with learning. Since kindergarten, Louis has been ëevaluatedí. He was diagnosed as perceptually impaired in first grade and diagnosed the same after his second year of third grade. In each evaluation, it was noted that he had signs of ADD. The teachers & special services have been wonderful, but we continue to experience difficulties with his lack of attention and lack of focus. In a group meeting, we agreed to have Louis evaluated by a pediatric neurologist, who works with the school system. Our appointment is tomorrow, January 5th. Of course, I am anxious about the outcome. If it is recommended that he be put on medication, how do I know Iím making the right decision, and could there be possible side effects?

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