Son's So Angry since His Dad Was Sent Away; Gill Says

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Son's So Angry since His Dad Was Sent Away; Gill Says


Q MY partner was sent to prison for 12 months. This is the first time he has been in trouble.

Our nine-year-old son has become very clingy with me but with angry outbursts. He is very close to his dad.

I am unsure how to deal with this. Help? A GILL Says: It is very hard for adults as well as children to cope with any loss.

We go through a grieving process regardless if it is a person or pet that has died, gone away to work or, in your case, has been sent to prison.

For a child, the agony of losing someone close to them and not being able to see or speak to them when they want to is very difficult to cope with.

I would imagine the shock for you is extremely hard to cope with too. Anger, fear and also the security you had has very suddenly been taken from you.

Your son will be feeling confused and very uncertain right now as his security has also changed.

It is natural to feel shame.

Children can be very cruel and the playground can be a hard place to cope.

It is natural for him to be seeking more warmth and security from you than he would normally. …

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