5 year old still in terrible twos?

April - posted on 05/04/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've heard of the terrible twos, and done been there done that three times...but with my middle son, 5 yrs old, he never outgrew them and is getting more and more out of contol with tantrums, taunting, and ignoring me and his dad when told to behave or stop doing something. As a matter of fact, he gives us a look that says "i don't have to". The last straw was in Wal-Mart a couple days ago and as the lady was trying to bag my groceries, my 5 yr old kept turning the bag turnstile. The cashier was having so much trouble trying to put my groceries in the bags, and nearly dropped my eggs because my son would not stop turning that thing. He had been told to stop several times, we held his hands, he would scream, duck, yell, and proceed with tantrum like behavior. We've reacted with patience, however are at our wits end....Advice please! thanks :)

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Rachel - posted on 11/02/2012

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Have you brought this up to his pediatrician?

Do you feel like it's just a behavioral issue or maybe something else could be going on?

Jessica - posted on 07/06/2012

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Sounds like my 6 year old...He does the same thing, and gets worse and worse every day. And he doesn't just give us the 'i dont have to' look, he flat out tells us he doesn't have to, or doesnt want to. He stomps his feet, kicks stuff or starts screaming bloody murder if he doesn't get his way; we avoid taking him anywhere for this reason. I am continuously searching for ways to get him to stop, or at least calm down a bit, with no luck. No method of discipline works on him; we've done the time outs, taken his toys and video games away. Nothing fazes him. Its like he knows he'll get it back, so who cares that its lost now? We are at our wits end too, to the point where I want to give him to his dad (we aren't together, and I know the fact he has a free for all at his dads is no help) and have him raise him. But i know if i do that, its only a matter of time before the law gets their hands on my little boy and he'd be in the worst shit he's ever been in, and it ain't no time out either.

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