Our expert says:
Sometimes a young person finds it difficult to speak to their parents and so you may find that he will open up more readily either to another family member or a family friend. If he has no contact with his father you may want to think about an adult male who he might speak to. Many young people and especially boys find it difficult to speak about emotional issues in the early teens. With the onset of puberty arrives a lot of emotional and physical turmoil and the hormonal changes can cause a surge of aggression in teens.
Hitting a child is teaching them that when you get angry its ok to hit people, so if you hink about it in those terms its not surprising he hit you back. Different types of disciplining take longer than hitting, but they are more effective as well as preserving your relationship with him.
If family or friends are not able to help I would suggest you consider consutling a psychologist who specialises in adolescents for an assessment. If your son refuses, it would still be useful for you to meet with them.
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