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    Default 7 year old with anger issues

    My seven year old cousin has been living at my house since August last year. His mum is a drug addict that was trying to get better but then relapsed. She has since up and left him and he hasn't seen her in a month and probably won't ever again as she is dying due to the effects of her chosen lifestyle. His father is a registered sex offender but he has nothing to do with him. His step dad who he thinks is his real dead has severe issues and has been in and out of jail and has physically abused my cousin and my aunty in front of my cousin. My cousin has also been sexually abused by his 14 year old brother. He no liger has anything to do with that part of his family and as we believe it's in his best interest it is going to stay that way.
    Due to what he has experienced he has a lot of issues that we are trying to get sorted out. The one that worries me the most is his anger. If something little doesn't go his way he will get angry and tell my mum he hates her and even sometimes he will start hurting himself and last night he even split his head because of it. I want to have a talk to him today about it all but I don't really know how to explain it to a 7 year old. So does anyone have any advice on how to talk to him or even how to deal with his anger! Tia

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    I think he needs professional help and support I don't think this is something you can do alone . Your a good person taking him in and helping him. Make sure you look after you too and get the help and support you all need xx

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    Poor kid sounds like he has been through so much. Wonderful that your family have taken him in and you want to help. Agree with pp that he needs professional help as well as support for your family.

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    It sounds like this young child has been through an awful lot. It's wonderful that you are there for him OP, but I strongly urge you to get a referral for him to have some ongoing treatment with a child psychologist. It's good to talk with him, but it's really important to recognise that given what he has been through his expression if anger won't just go away on its own. Let him know you understand he feels frustrated/angry and that you are there for him and love him. Get a referral for some professional help (it should be Medicare rebateable) so he can have ongoing counselling. Poor kid, I feel so much for him


 

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