April - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )
My son is 26 months old. He has always had a mind of his own. He does listen but never right away. I do 123 magic with him, but usually have to repeat the process at least once before he is ready to listen.
When done correctly, kids usually stop the undesirable behavior at 1 or 2. My son purposely waits until 3, when he finally decides he is gong to listen. He will giggle and run towards me on the count of 3, as if we were playing a game. Should I scrap this technique and try something else?
My mom believes he is just acting his age, but I can clearly see that other 2 year olds have better listening skills. At gymnastics, he still tries to skip out on the group activities and go do his own thing. All the other 2 year olds do what they're asked to. At swimming, he tries to splash around and never does what the instructor asks (when all the other kids are kicking their feet, he is trying to engage in a splash war with me).
I am at a loss for what to do. I truly feel that he has a discipline problem. I don't believe in spanking, pinching, hitting...or even yelling. 123 magic is wonderful when it finally works, but I feel like something else needs to be done too. Any suggestions?