Help!! Single mom

Rebecca - posted on 08/22/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old yells at me and his sister, throws stuff at the two of us, thinks he can do what he wants regardless of what he's told to do and constantly throws fits and tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
I'm looking for suggestions or ideas to help curb this behavior? I have tried timeouts but he won't listen, I've taken things away but he then finds what he can even if it's not his and tries to destroy it. I'm running out of patients and very frustrated.

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Rebecca - posted on 08/23/2015

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I have tried to spank him but he just tells me it doesn't hurt. I would never intend to hurt my children but perhaps let them know by giving a spanking that the behavior they display is not acceptable and more serious than just normal 6 year old behavior. Ever since I spanked my son the one time for this type of behavior he will try to spank me or his sister or hit us if we don't do something he wants us to do. My child is very intelligent. I truly think he acts out the way he does most of the time because there isn't a male role model living in my home. My son doesn't do these types of things when he is with his dad and step mom and that's what makes me think it has to do with the lack of male role model in my home. I don't want my son to be mean to women though or bully women or anyone else for that matter. It's very frustrating and I must say a huge struggle I have that I don't know how to redirect it as I've tried both behavior charts, positive redirecting, reward systems, etc and it only works until my son gets what he wants and then the behavior starts back up again.

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