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Kids ARE kids, and they do funny things. Definately a 7 year old that exposes himself for fun is probably just doing it for fun and the reaction that is gotten from it.
Most parents would never consider a mental problem for a boy who exposes himself to shock people. There are grown men and women who also have exposed themselves for the shock value who are not mental cases. I'm speaking of streakers here, not exhibitionists who flash people.
Your boy sounds normal, and may be one of those kids who is more of a follower. Could even be like others who would like to do something a bit risky, but wouldn't do it on their own..BUT is someone else started, its worth a chance to try it too.? Any of this sound familiar?
Girls and Boys can definately be different. Boys are not always prone to rules and structure. The school environment had definately changed through the years and offers little for boys who would rather go outside, play, wrestle, etc.
Stick by your son at all costs, speak reasonably to him about how following others examples are not the best choice to make...and have some very bad consequences.
There's nothing wrong with having him apologize (in person or in writing) for exposing himself.
The other boy may have problems of his own, and doing outlandish stuff is a way to get attention. Hopefully the school really does try to help the kid with his self esteem and potential.
Trust yourself, and your son. Talk to him and really listen to his thoughts and how he sees things. It can help.