Aimee - posted on 05/15/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am trying to find effective ways to get my Son to listen to me without having to resort to yelling. He's 2y, 8 mo. and I swear he has me trained. I never start out with yelling but it seems to be the only thing that works. I always ask him to do something then when he disobeys, ask again and tell him why I would like him to do it. If that doesn't work I tell him that he has until the count of three to comply and if not he will receive a time out. By the time I count to three he usually does what I ask but if he is feeling especially disobedient I have to use the time out or yell at him to get him to obey. Having to resort to this just tears my heart out but I honestly don't know what other steps to take. I'm also getting tired of the same thing over and over again. Specifically he has become difficult at nap time and I have to yell at him to get him to calm down and sleep. It seems so counter-productive. I know that he is only two but he is such a smart boy and this whole process pains me. Any suggestions would be great!