Sunday, September 7, 2008
Terrible Twos Becomes Even More Terrible Threes?
I don't know about anyone else, but Jansen turning three was certainly not my magic ticket to an obedient child. We have been struggling with Jansen quite a bit lately, so I am turning to my fellow bloggers for some help. I am absolutely not writing this to be told that I AM doing a wonderful job and that I AM a great mom. So don't even think about commenting about that. :) In those moments when he is being very disobedient I get sooooo frustrated and it all feels so hopeless. Hopeless that he will improve anyway. We are having MAJOR sharing issues, I feel like I am dragging him to use the toilet every time every day (sticker charts aren't working), begging him to get dressed, he is SO particular about going down the stairs first, etc. and how everything in general is done, blah blah blah. I guess my biggest question is: what is your best discipline technique? I like to use the 1...2...3... and if he isn't doing what has been asked he has a timeout...but timeout in his room doesn't seem like a punishment anymore. He is ALWAYS grabbing things out of Natalie's hands and that is a huge problem I would like to solve. And whining...do I ignore, punish, etc. I am all for distracting and making things into games, etc. but there comes a time when that just wears me out and I need a dependable way to make him stop an undesirable behavior. I would love all and any help. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment...I will be forever in debt to you!