Amanda - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )
I have 4 children and my oldest is almost 7, and my daughters are 4, almost 3, and almost 2. I also do in-home daycare. My discipline of choice is time-outs, and reward charts. They have been working very well for us and I'll continue to use them.
The problem we have been having is my 7 yr old thinks that he can smart mouth us whenever he wants, and that it's fine for him to be disrespectful ecspecially to me. I was a young mom and had him when I was 17. I raised him more or less on my own, and had some help from family but nothing that could compare to his bio dad being there. His bio dad has been in and out of his life since he was born, and he recently started going back over there. His bio dad tells me that when he gets mouthy with him, he puts hot sauce in his mouth. I TOTALLY disagree with that. I think that's just wrong!! What does it teach them?!
My MIL and mother say soap is what they used, but after researching on it, it's illegal because it's not a food product. I send him to his room when he disrespects me, or my fiance will tell him to go to his room until he's ready to apologize, which usually doesn't happen until he's screamed his lungs out.
What do you guys use for a disrespectful child? I don't want to sit back and do nothing only for this to escalate into something bad....any advice???