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It is not his kid. He and his wife are withholding medication from a kid he's just babysitting because they think he's "fine" without it. I'm pretty sure that's a crime and I wish people would stop encouraging him.
Okay, I see that early on you said your wife was refusing to give him the meds, that she often refused him the meds (which is how she knew he was fine without them) but that now you've convinced her she should. I missed your posts updating about that, my bad. That is a relief, not because I think she's necessarily wrong that he's fine, but for all the complicated physiological reasons others have covered.
Look up oppositional defiance disorder. See if Kaden has the same symptoms. If so, then there is a better route then medications!
originally posted by: randyvs
Well I guess my wifes talk was a total bomb.
I would have been surprised if it went well. I'll also be pleasantly surprised if they ask you to take him again - which is a shame, because you clearly care about the kid and you're trying to look out for his best interests, which is exactly what he needs. Unfortunately, people who make decisions often get annoyed when those decisions are questioned by somebody with no medical background who only sees the kid two days a week. Parents especially don't like being told that they aren't being good parents, which is essentially what will have happened at that talk, even if you and your wife didn't see it (or word it) that way. Just to be clear, I'm not faulting you in this because you're clearly trying to do what is best for the kid, just pointing out some uncomfortable things about human nature.