I've been doing a lot of reading, and some researching of counseling options. I appreciate all the feedback from everyone, and I hope you'll feel free to keep giving input - it really helps me clarify my thinking. I don't necessarily feel any need to hang a label on Scooby, because I don't think they're particularly helpful. What was helpful, however, is recognizing that kids who behave in ways similar to this sometimes need help coping with things. That it's not necessarily bad parenting on our part, but that there are certainly areas we need to work on in our parenting skills. That getting him help has moved up a number of notches on the to do list.
In the meantime...
The pinewood derby for CubScouts was last night, and once again I wasn't able to go because of school stuff. Scooby got 2nd place for the Sibling category and Tarzan took 3rd place for his Den! Apparently there was a judge error and he thinks he actually should have placed higher, but still I think they were pleased overall. Thanks Grandpa! next year, Cinderella wants to make a car too and have it shaped like a heart, "not just a plain old car."
I currently in a tech rehearsal for a show called The Runner Stumbles. I'm running lights (for the first time in many many years) and it's my last required Crew Practicum. After this, I only have to be at tech for shows if I'm in them. Classes are going well. I'm learning IPA (Phoenetic spelling) in Vocal production, working on emotional preparation in Meisner 2, and doing sit-com scenes in Screen Acting. This week I worked on this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMuhSKP9Hco
I didn't really want to spend a bunch of money on a turkey, but I ended up getting a large whole chicken. There was just no way to properly do justice to the scene without real raw meat. And yes, I brought lots of hand sanitizer and clorox wipes for the floor and lined the counter and oven with aluminum foil. It was suprisingly disgusting to throw around a raw chicken, but the scene turned out really well and there was lots of laughter!
We're working on the (final?) phase of the Oyster project. He got A pluses on the Results and Conclusions portions though! He's applying for the Tidewater Science Fair (although he "forgot" to turn the paperwork in yesterday, which was the deadline. He emailed his teacher and got special permission to bring it in on Monday. Grrrr.) It's a big deal if he gets accepted - it takes place on Old Dominion college campus and there are cash prizes available.
Anyone else ready for Spring?