Hi. I'm new here. I have 4 kids, I'm a stay at home mom and my older 2 are home schooled. I just need some help figuring out my son. Is this normal? Today he had a melt down and told me he wished he was dead and he hated his life. This started because we were playing jump rope on the back yard and he couldn't do it straight away. This talk was a first for him. He has had melt downs before (hundreds) and can be a handle full but honestly he is well behaved, sweet and generally "nice" compared to other boys I have seen and spent time with. He has said "I hate you" and other mean things before but wanting to be dead was new. I calmed him down, reassured him I would be very upset if he was dead, it takes time to learn new things and he was good at other things. But it was still a little upsetting to hear him say he wished he was dead. Is this because of some thing I've done, an age thing, a personality thing or is it for attention? Thank you for any advice and help.