Kelly - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )
Okay, my son is driving me crazy....
When J (6) disobeys, I explain what he did wrong and why it is unacceptable, as I have always done. The problem recently is that he is doing things he knows are not acceptable, then when I go to explain he yells "I know! I know! I know!" really fast over top of my voice.....I can't communicate with him if he is not going to listen.
I tried to explain that he obviously does not "know" or he would not have displayed the behavior, but he won't even let me get THAT out, then I'm side tracked and not sure if I am talking to him about whether he "knows" what I am trying to tell him (what he did was wrong and why), or what he actually did and why it was wrong, or interrupting people--actually all 3 should be addressed, and I know that, but I can't address any of it because he won't stop shouting "I know!" at me.
This is frustrating. I have no idea how to deal with it.
So far, this is what I've tried.
1. I let him get it out and waited until he stopped. Actually, he stopped as soon as I stopped, but as soon as my mouth opened, he started again. This went on for a bit until I gave up.
2. I typed a letter saying what needed to be said and gave it to him. He tore it up!!
3. Well, you all know about the yelling fiasco I had leaving the pool the other day :P