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Old 02-08-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Terrible Twos

Terrible Two's , oh so terrible Do they really turn into terrible three's. whenever my son needed to be disciplined we would put him in time out, all we had to do was point to the chair and he would go run and sit in it and he wouldn't get up until I told him he could. Now it just doesn't work that way anymore. I have to go put him in it and he will keep getting up and then I end up having to stand there and make him and he still will try to get up. spanking doesn't help either, he will just go back to doing what he was doing. I take away toys, turn his shows off, everything and nothing seems to work anymore. I have raised my voice, and I have tried simply just trying to talk in a rational pleasant voice. I even tried rewarding him for good behavior but that doesn't work either. The only time he seems to listen to me anymore when I tell him to do something, is if I say okay clean up your toys and we will have popcorn or go outside to play and he wants to do that then he will do what I ask. Any suggestions, I don't want to have to give him something everytime to make him do something.

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Old 02-09-2006, 06:35 AM   #2
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Re: Terrible Twos

Sometimes the 2's go into the 3's, but not always. DS had major defiance at 2. Now he's about to turn three and life is so much better. You say that your son will stay in timeout if you stand there. Seems like you're going to have to stand there for now. And if he gets up, you just put him right back, over and over and over until he gets it. Do not give in. But remain calm and firm.

I'm all about giving my son a choice when he doesn't want to do something.
OK, it's time to put on your shoes.
Do you want to wear your black shoes or your red ones?

It works very well for my son. Then if he still doesn't want to do it the choice changes. You can put your shoes on or you can get a timeout. Do you want the time out? No. Then let's find your shoes. And then I'll make it a silly game of finding the shoes or something to break his little attitude over having to put the shoes on. I find that being silly can change a kids attitude very well most of the time.

Also, choose your battles. And remember that he is still only two. I have that problem sometimes because my son seems so smart I sometimes expect too much of him. Then I have to check myself and remember that he is only 2.

Good luck, it will get better. Then we'll have to worry about the impending teenage years!
"Go slowly, breathe and smile" Thich Nhat Hanh

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