Dove - posted on 07/28/2016
The kid is 3... not listening and not cooperating is perfectly normal. You can't reason w/ a 3 year old and a month long punishment will be completely ineffective because the reason for the punishment will be long lost on him and only the anger of being punished will remain.
A 3 minute time out, loss of a particular privilege or toy for a day (or even just a few hours), less punishing from inappropriate behaviors and more redirecting onto appropriate behaviors.
Hang in there... All of my kids were 'nightmares' at 3. With time, patience, and consistency (and age appropriate consequences) they do outgrow it.
Ev - posted on 07/28/2016
At the age of three the things you are doing are not going to work. Their little minds do not remember what they did 5 minutes ago. You need to set some consequences that are age appropriate and go with what they are doing. Redirection at this age is a good tool to use for most things. Time out works if you are consistent and make the kid stay in the spot used for time out for 1 minute per age. For him or her it is 3 minutes. Just explain once why they are in time out and then do the time out. The first few times might be a struggle until they get the idea that is what you are doing but they will get it. Just do not keep talking to them during time out. Taking TV away at this age is not going to impact him or her.
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