Nichole - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
I have 2 kids, one 7 yrs old and one 14 months old; both boys. My 7 year old was never this naughty as a toddler and when he was, all I had to do was raise my voice. My youngest is completely defiant! He laughs at the word 'No', if I smack his hands for touching things that I have repeated told him not to and even taken him out of the situation only to have him race back in and do it again after 5-10 minutes, he still laughs. He's at a stage where he thinks throwing toys and hitting people are 'acceptable'! I don't want to keep smacking his hands because I feel that is only teaching him that it is ok. I need other options..he's too young for the count to three method (what I use on my older child), and time outs are not effective, as he just cries it out then comes back in the room and is good for another 5 minutes then repeats. It's a never-ending battle! Any suggestions are welcomed!!