Erin - posted on 12/08/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )
My son is extremely strong willed. As I've been consistent he tests me over and over. I don't give into tantrums but he still has them to try to get what he wants. I think he often feels like he has little control over things but I do give him choices I let him where what he wants most of the time. When he gets frustrated he slaps himself in the face. He hits me when he wants my attention and hangs on me. Time outs don't work because he won't stay there,Plus he likes the attention of a time out. I've tried giving me a time out (going in a separate room for a few minutes) This works but he cries hysterically (Not fake cries real ones) I can deal with the crying for 3 min but I don't want him to feel unloved. Do you moms out there think that is a rational punishment, me going in a room for his timeout? Please no rude comments about how "I better stop babying him and giving into him" because I really am trying to be stern. I just would like some helpful advise. Some of you moms out there are brutal.