HELP - How does one get a 5 y.o. to respect us? He thinks everything he sees is for him !!!

L Y - posted on 04/21/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Am hoping to get some help on our situation. My 5 y.o. grandson,Joey can be the most helpful, sweetest, kindest little man 90% of the time. My daughter is a single mom, works FT as well as manages the apartment bldg she lives in for rental discount. They only live a few blocks away so we are almost always around to give her a hand. Joey sleeps over at least twice a week, as well as we help out with her day care and keep him full days when there is no Kindergarten. Our problem is that he thinks that most things we bring into our home are for him. I admit we did spoil him but now he expects to get stuff every time he comes over or we go shopping. If we tell him the item is not for him he gets upset & starts to perform in a negative fashion.
Anyone have tips on how to change his attitude?? We (daughter, me & my hubby) have agreed to not buy him anything unless it is his B Day, Xmas or some other "special" Occasion.

Please help ...

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Jodi - posted on 04/21/2014

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Well, buy your admission, you did spoil him and now you are expecting him to be okay with you saying no. Well, of course he isn't. You've taught him that you don't say no up until now, right? Now you have to undo that but persisting with his tantrums. Ignore his tantrums. On;y ever reward him when he is behaving well. Be consistent. It's going to take time.

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2014

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you could just sit with him and talk to him and say that not everthing is or him

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