Casey - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
My two and a half year old son is the sweetest little boy you will ever meet. He shares everything, is very polite, is super friendly and does as he's told. However the minute our back is turned he does the naughtiest things for example this morning while i was in the shower he got a red crayon and did lovely drawings all over our walls. Not one wall in the house was spared, and a week ago while i was outside pegging washing on the line he opened the dishwasher and took out a steak knife and cut holes in our lounge suite, he took eggs out of the fridge and smashed them on the floor, he's taken my makeup out of the bathroom and poured it all out over the floor. If you give him anything to eat or drink he has to eat and drink it in front of us otherwise he'll throw it on the floor and walk it into the carpet, and he also takes his pants and nappy off and pee's and poops on the carpet. I am really at my wits end. I don't know what to do anymore. We've tried yelling at him, getting down to his level and talking to him, timeouts and we've even smacked him. When we do discipline him for what he's done he cries and says sorry but the next day, the minute my back is turned he'll be doing something else just as naughty.
I'm very worried cause I am having another baby in 4 weeks and I don't know how I am going to keep control of him and care for the baby. It's getting to the point where when I have to have a shower or something similar, I have to put him in the backyard and lock the door so he can't come in until I am finished and i don't want to have to do that but i really don't know what else to do (when he is outside playing he usually pulls the washing off the line and rips plants out of the garden.....sigh).
I don't want people to get me wrong or anything. He's not naughty like this all the time. Sometimes he's great but when he's bad, he's really really bad and we feel like he is destroying our home :(
I just wanted some advice from you all as to whether this is normal behavior for a kid his age or do you think maybe there is something wrong with him, and how would you deal with it all?