Parvathi - posted on 03/02/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
I love DS, and he is usually a very sweet kid when we are one-on-one. However, when my husband is at home, we have more issues. I'm 34+ weeks pregnant, and have opted to stay home during this pregnancy. I want to help as much as I can, but mornings and evenings have become a battleground. We (DS and I) butt heads over everything! He ignores me, and refuses to listen. I'm so fatigued these days, and putting him in timeouts aren't effective anymore. He just laughs and thinks everything is s game. If DH is home, he ends up getting involved. For example, I took 45-60 minutes to get his face washed, brush his teeth, put on clothes, and eat breakfast. That's with several episodes of running away, screaming, throwing things, etc. I feel like I've lost control! At daycare, he won't listen and refuses to come home. A 4 minute walk to our apartment can take 30 minutes! And cajoling him to stop playing with friends? Another 20 minutes! One hour a day is wasted on making him come home, and then we get into evening battles with meal time, etc. He goes to bed around 730-800 pm and I am so spent by the end of the day! If there is anybody in a similar situation, please clue me in on what's wrong here. Am I too nice? I don't believe in corporal punishment and don't like to raise my voice, but I'm getting cornered by a 3 year old who is very clever for his age and most likely gifted. I want to foster a good environment and use that energy to teach him, not scold him for every bad/naughty act.