A STUBBORN KID

Shauna - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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MY TWO YEAR OLD SON AND I HAVE BATTLES IN THE MORNING TO GET HIM DRESSED. I GIVE HIM CHOICES, I GIVE HIM SPIDERMAN SHIRTS TO CHOOSE FROM, YET HE STILL FIGHTS ME TO GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING. EVEN WHEN WE PICK OUT WHAT HE WILL WEAR THE NIGHT BEFORE!! DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS??

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Fatima - posted on 03/23/2009

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omg, i know where you are on that one. my son is 3 now and was always reallllyyy independant, which isn't bad, just frustrating. He wanted to dress himself, he wanted to shower himself everything everything everything he wanted to do himself and if i tried to help he would be like NO!!!!! so i would back off. I always gave him the choice of what to wear, unless we were going to a party ofcourse, but he would fight me on just getting into clean cloths! Because he would either drop chocolate milk on himself,or food or somthing and i just dont like seeing a dirty baby. What i did in the end was that he wasnt aloud to go to the park or outside to play if he was dirty. So that gave him incentive to get ready into clean cloths. If he didnt want my help, or he didnt want my husband's help then we would pretend to ignore him go change and pretend that we will have fun without him and he would just get ready himself. We would only need to turn his shirt around everyonce in a while.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2009

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I have the same problem. Not as often. But the same problem. I let him be independent and pick out his own clothes. sometimes that worked. Not giving him 3 shirts and saying which one do you want to wear. I will pick out a shirt and try to put it on him, and if he tells me no, and then I will tell him to go get me a shirt he wants to wear. He gets a shirt and I put it on him. Other days it isnt a battle of what I want him to wear as apposed to who he wants to dress him. Some days it is his dad who he wants to dress him, somedays it is his aunt or uncle. at 2 I have learned they are very independent. They can do anything and everything. He helps with laundry, putting it in and out of the washer and dryer. Folding them his way, which has to be refolded. He wants to pick out his shoes, his lunch, everything. His father does not like that he is so independent. Wishes that he would stop being so straight forward and wanting to do everything himself. I say let him do it if he can. Let him get dressed himself, let him put his shoes on. Yes, he puts his shoes on and on the right feet. We just have to get the rest of him dressed. But I hear ya on the getting dressed battle. It is hard with a 2 yr old.

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