Amanda - posted on 12/19/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 4yr old stepson has been living with his maternal grandma for the past two years with very little rules or structure. He didn't have a room so he slept with his grandma on there couch.
My husband works so I'm at home with the little man. Getting him to take a nap is like pulling teeth. He naps at the same time every day but getting him to his bed is the problem. He kicks, hits, screams I don't have to be nice to you, you're not my friend, I want to sleep on the couch, threatens to break things (today it was my iPhone) then starts screaming that he wants to go home and that he wants his grandma. Today I found him ripping up books and breaking things.
I normally stay in the room till he calms down, I'll clean up, or read a book on my own. Letting him know I'm close and when he calms down we can talk.
How do my husband and I get him to respect me?