Layla - posted on 11/07/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My youngest son is going to be 3 just after Christmas. A year ago we got rid of his dummy and we lasted 2 months, he got ill and had a few nights when he couldn't get back to sleep plus his behaviour went downhill very fast. We found everything was becoming a battle........we went back to the dummy bit by bit during the time he was poorly and then it seemed it was back for good, his behaviour was dramatically better and he was more compliant to getting dressed in the mornings ect. Until 2 months ago, when he decided he was old enough to argue he's not little he's big, so I thought we'd give it a go again! It was fine for the 1st month but now he's a nightmare to get into bed it's a screaming fit EVERY single night, he wants to battle us against everything. Some days it feels like I don't get any joy from him. He won't listen or take in anything that you tell him is unacceptable behaviour, he is a law unto himself. The only thing that works is to put him on the floor in a corner and he gets to have his hissy fit, then after a couple of mins I go over and explain what he did wrong and ask him to say sorry (which he always does!), but I haven't always got the time or patience to do this and it ends up a battle of wills most of the time. I am so fed up of having battle after battle for every little thing, did anyone else go through this and if so how long did this stage last???
p.s My eldest son has always been good as gold, he's always been negotiated with and he was very good at negotiating from an early age. As long as he understood what the day plan was and he knew what to expect from his surroundings he was a happy chappy.