Advice on a 4 yr old who wont listen!

Sarah - posted on 12/05/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi guys I was just after some advice. We have a 4 year old and he has been acting up lately. Testing us and just making life difficult! Argues back, talks back, doesn't listen at all. And ignores everything we have to say. We have spoken to him so many times, on his level and to try and get through to him, as sincere as he is when he says sorry he does it again! And when asked why didn't you do it etc his only answer is he doesn't know. He also is always bored. He has a room full of toys he won't touch unless he is in time out or when told to have a nap.....which he just sits there and doesn't sleep even when he is on the verge of passing out. He would rather sit down in silence do NOTHING then play. It's holidays now so he's home everyday and this causes problems. So many fights and me and my partner are always grumpy and just over it. Any advice would be great! Thanks.

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Lindsay - posted on 12/07/2012

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I'm having some issues as well my son is turning 6 in January and it seems harder to find the right punishment; At home the issues are controlled it seems like my issues are more at school!! :( Anyway at home - We cleaned his room of every toy he had and left just books. We did the one strike you out...go to your room. We increased the time he was there every time he was there so he thought twice to talk back! he had to earn all his toys back - one by one and it took about 2 months to 3 months to get every toy back as well as watch TV and play games! It was hard to stick to it cuz it's sad to see them not play with anything but he knew we meant business.

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