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Are There Boot Camp Programs For Younger Children

Are There Boot Camp Programs For Younger Children?

by Boot Camps on February 12, 2012

I am looking for a program to help out my son who is now 8 years old.  I realize that a boot camp might be a bit intense for him at this age, but I think that a similar program more specialized for young kids could really do him so good.  Let me explain a bit more about the situation.


My son has had a hard time developing social skills that my wife and I feel are important for him now.  And he needs them to have a successful future too, so we’re really worried about the long term consequences.


His personal confidence and self-esteem seem to be almost non-existent at this point.  That is causing him to have emotional outbursts, cry, get angry, and shy away from people.  Even though this behavior would be normal if it were occasional, it is happening way too much recently.


Our goal with a boot camp or similar program would be to help him gain some confidence and personal pride.  I have been searching online and have not been able to find anything apart from boot camps for troubled teens, which does not fit my son’s situation at all.


At his young age, I also feel that a long program that sent him away from us for several months would probably do more harm than good.  Since he is already have a hard time emotionally, it might push him into even more worrisome problems to be away from his parents for so long.


I know that a lot of people will probably read this and think that we are terrible parents, but we are honestly doing our best to help our son.  We realize that we are not very strict people and being disciplinarians just does not fit with our personalities.   Even so, our son has not turned out to be rebellious or disrespectful.  But we are worried about some of his irrational, emotionally uncontrolled behavior.


Have any other parents had these issues with their young children?  Were you able to find boot camp style programs for them?  Can you give us any recommendations about how to help our son?

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jeromy watts March 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

I need help with my 6 yr old he is rud and will not listen to anyone keeps getting in trouble.. any help will be helpfull.. thanks, jeromy


paulanda smith June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

i am having the same exact problem with my 6 year old daughter plus she snatches away and rolls her eys and stops off from me when i tell her to do things she doesnt like. have u found any solutions yet jeromy?


Lupe Mariana April 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I don’t work & my son is not a violent person. He is just super angry cause of his father that left him when he was 18 month old and came to his life when 4 years old and left his life @ 9 years old. Been a single mom for 14 years got married & he still has alot of resentment, anger & doesn’t want to go to school or listen either. Only difference he has been taking piano lesson till 2 years ago, he is very good at it. We have low income, I need good information so he can get better life, finish his schooling and doesn’t lose his talents. Please help me find a low income or free boot camp to help my son.


christy delagarza June 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

i have adopted my nephews going on 7 years now this past april. bith were diagnosed with adhd and the younger was diagnosed with adhd, depression, and have him on anti psychotic meds as well. ive tried several medications but every one zombifies them. They miss out on being a child but when not on them, they destroy everything, make scenes in public, are rude, obnoxious, loud, fighting with eachother,. .. im at a lose lose situation here. i feel that a type of attitude adjustment is definately in order and would like to try a boot camp. if anyone has any info on any kind of help pls respond. their ages are 8 and 9.


Tabitha July 27, 2012 at 1:50 am

Our son is almost ten and has recently started acting up alot. He crys and has out bursts, talks back and feels as though he doesn’t have to listen. His self esteem is not all that great either. He is always blaming everyone else for his actions and can’t take responsibility for anything. We feel as though we need to get him help now before it turns into something worse or he turns to something worse. We don’t want to send him away from home for a long period of time for we feel that will do him more harm than good. Just don’t know what to do any more and need help or suggestions.


Jenn September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

My son is 10. He is being disrespectful , throwing things at myself , his siblings. Refusing to go to school.


ron knapp December 2, 2012 at 2:12 am

we have an 11 year old son who has had to deal with alot of emotional issues through his short life already. This has led to him being very defiant, disrespectful and to a point emotionally destructive at times. He feels as though he does not have to do what is expected of him or have to deal with the consequences of his actions. He believes that he can do what he pleases and nobody has the right to tell him what to do. He has very bad anger issues, is very stubborn. When he does not get his way or something is not as he sees it should be, his reactions are of a violent nature, ie: slamming doors, throwing things and even on occasion showing violence towards his mother in a physical nature. He is a straight ” A ” student in school, his problems seem to be focused in a more personal nature and reveals themselves when he is at home. We have put him in therepy, but it does not seem to be having a positive effect on him. He feels that everybody should bow down to him, that he is the boss. We are very concerned for his future and potentially perhaps his life in the future. We love him very much, but we just dont know what to do anymore. We reside in the Hilton Head Island South Carolina area


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