Heidi - posted on 08/27/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )
I have a 3 year old son and a 1 year old son. I also have many nieces and nephews i have helped raise so it's definitely not my first rodeo. My 3 year old is very sweet and loving and is a good boy, but so stubborn and mouthy sometimes. I try talking to him instead of yelling or raising my voice and it just does not get through to him. I've tried time outs, taking literally every toy away from him, sending him to his room, spanking, trying to just talk and reason with him. Absolutely nothing works. He is a very smart little boy and i always talk to him and explain why what he did was unacceptable, and he'll say he understands and is sorry or whatever but then goes right back to it. And usually it isn't even big things that he does but he just does not listen so everything gets blown up into a huge fight when if he just would listen the first time it would be done and over with. I understand he is 3 years old but he is a very smart 3 yr old and knows when he does something wrong. I've tried doing more with him one on one thinking maybe he's wanting more attention or maybe he's just bored or whatever, but nothing works. And sometimes he is just downright mean. My older sister lives across the street from us and he is very close to her and her 3 girls but sometimes he'll act like he doesn't even know them when they try to love on them and stuff. He is super smart and very sweet(when he wants to be) but i sometimes wonder if i am just doing something wrong. I try not to over think it too because i know he is a 3 year old boy and this is how little boys act sometimes but i just hate the yelling and fighting with him and we need some advise. Thanks!