I have a tough 2-year old boy and need help and suggestions

Brandi - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a two year old and need some advivce/help and some sanity. I love him so much, but he is driving me to my wits-end. The thing is, he is great for everybody BUT ME! So you'd think that I was lax or too easy going on him, but that isnt' the case. His father and I discipline the same way and I just get no respect from him. He will stare me down, kick and scream, and repeat and repeat the "offense" that gets him into trouble. I've tried time-out, spankings on the hiney, taking away toys... what is left. I've tried reasoning calmly with him, yelling at him... just about everything you can think of. It is to the point where I feel I'm going to have to get profession help for myself and my son. We spend time together and when he is good - he is gold, but every afternoon we battle nap time (which he deperately needs, or he gets more grouchy), we battle diapers and potty training (he has a younger brother and stopped potty training when Benjamin was getting more attention in the diaper dept), he gets into things to the point where it could be dangerous and child safetly locks are a complete joke!

Please, somebody tell me another way so I can help my son and help myslef! I am in tears all the time.

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Nicole - posted on 09/01/2009

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I am going through some of the same issues with my 17 month boy. Just in the last couple of weeks he has started throwing temper tantrums and screaming which is driving me crazy. I resorted to tears early last week over his behavior. I finally left him with my neighbor on Thursday who runs a daycare out of her home. I needed the break and thought she could assess the situation and make some suggestions. Also, I am a stay at home mom so I felt it might be good for him to be around other little ones his age. When I picked him up she said that he was an angel or quote a "babysitters dream". He did not throw one tantrum or screaming fit. Within 5 min. of being there he started up again just like before so it made me realize he is behaving this way just to get attention from me. So this weekend, I started walking out of the room and ignoring him every time he throws a fit or screams. If he follows me into the other room and starts up, then I put him in time out but completely ignore him unless he gets up. When I take him out of time out I explain simply why he was disciplined. It has only been 5 days and yesterday I have seen some improvement and will let you know if I am successful. This behavior is so normal but regardless, I know what your feeling

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