Amanda - posted on 10/29/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son turned 2 on September 7. He is a fantastic little boy, behind in speak but great with everything else. He's even potty trained.
Anyway, he doesn't hold your hand in the parking lot and will drop to the ground. Then there are times when you go somewhere, like tonight we went camping with my mom where they have a huge trick or treat area. He did great with that, and actualy held hands. But afterwards as we were sitting, trying to relax near the fire. He'd just run off into the woods and DOES NOT listen. If you go shopping, he freaks out, or will just run down the aisle as you yell his name, he doesn't come back. You can say a million times, James don't do that, James come here, James sit down, James hold hands, James no, James stop, James don't throw, and he keeps doing it or will not listen. Needless to say, I get frustrated and begin to feel as that I've failed as a parent.
So a quick back story, my husband 4am - 9am and then i go into work until 5pm. Due to our situation my husband stays home with him which is fantastic. Do you think he is not getting enough stimulation? Enough interaction with other kids? They play all day, granted he is a dad and not to be sterotyping, but dads don't necessarily make a schedule out of a day or have activites planned or even play dates. I just feel like an awful mom and that i have a child nobody wants to be around, my sisters don't want to go shopping with him because he'll touch everything and drive me nuts. I love that little boy more than anything in the world, but just begin to feel like i'm failing as a parent. Does it get easier? Do they get out of this stage of not listening? I see so many other kids, hold their parents hands and listen when they call them back. I hate being frustrated because he dosnt' listen and i can't enjoy myself at events and that i feel like a failure.
please help in someway.