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Last edited at 4:54PM on 3/5/2012
This may be a sign of some kind of stress or injury. It may be as simple as an embarrassing incident at school, broken heart by a crush, or may be a sign of bullying. Choose a quiet time with just the two of you, assure him of your trust and confidence and ask him to volunteer the information. If he doesn't, then slowly suggest an incident and watch carefully for his/her reaction. If you can read your child, you'll know if you've touched a nerve.
I'm with Mona. Bullying or even molestation are two of the reasons that first come to my mind. You don't say if it's a boy or a girl... either one could be concerned about matters of puberty. Find a quiet time for the two of you to be alone, ask if something is wrong, and simply listen. Be quiet, and patient, as at that age it can be difficult to put such things into words. Above all, try to remember being ten and how scary and confusing it can be. I am close with my nieces, and we used to have "firelight" chats. We would light candles or a fire in the fireplace and shut down the electric lights. The understanding was that anything that was divulged during these chats was exempt from judgment or punishment. The low light conditions make it easier to really open up and speak from the heart. My nieces still remark on how much they loved those evenings.
Well, my sister gets like that sometimes but it's just most likely something happened that she didn't like or an embarrassing moment but if it goes on for a while try talking to him/her and see what's wrong
I agree that this change of behavior is def a sign something is wrong and should not be ignored...most ten yr olds are not equiped to explain what they are going through...they don't know how to express their feelings verbally...this is where a professional comes into play..all cities/states have free mental health clinics..pretty sure the school can provide info if needed..hopefully, it is nothing serious (just a phase) but it's important to find out..hope everything works out just fine for her.