Help! I'm looking for some specific advice on how to manage DSS and his continued exaggeration of minor injuries. We've been dealing with this for about three years now and I hoped it was just a phase, but it is still ongoing without an end in sight and I think we need to put a strategy in place to deal with it.
DSS is almost 10 and quite a sensitive boy, but the injury thing is really starting to drive me crazy. For example today already I've had four instances of his issues. One was he came in after riding his scooter to tell me he thought he'd broken his toe - no he hadn't kicked it, hit it, stubbed it or anything, it was just slightly sore. Then it was a little bruise he found on his leg, then a tiny little scratch from a branch and now it's a fingernail where the edge of it has broken off a little lower than the nail line. DH and I do not indulge his behaviour - we make sure there isn't a genuine injury - then send him on his way, but even with years of doing that, it isn't getting any better.
He still makes sure that he tells us repeatedly about any bruise he has, he totally exaggerates the seriousness of anything that happens such as falling off his bike, and pesters us with his injury updates to get attention. This does seem to work with his bio-mum, which is likely where he's learned that he gets attention and gets indulged with any tiny thing, but we can't seem to make an impact on this behaviour when he's with us.
We've talked to him about crying wolf and if he does get a serious injury no-one will believe him etc, but I think we need a strategy, especially as he is now going to be spending a lot more time in our household. Has anyone dealt with this? Any ideas?
ETA. He isn't lacking attention, he gets LOTS of quality attention from both DH and myself.