Erin - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am a single Mom. My son and I live with my Mother. My son talks back and doesn't listen to me or my Mother. A lot of times it is worse when all 3 of us are together. If one of us has him, say when I go to work, my Mother will watch him after school. I come home and he was good for her. He is good for me most of the time as well, when we are alone. I find myself yelling @ him in order to get him to do simple things, like brushing teeth is a struggle, sitting down when he is means to the animals, etc.
I also find he acts up when he comes home from being with his Father, even if it is for an hour or 2. He isn't around a lot and isn't consistant with calling. He is very aware of who is Father is as a person. I refuse to let me grow up that way. He is bad news.
Anyway, I don't know what to do to get him to listen because I have tried taking things away. It doesn't work anymore. My son is my love. I have made him my life and that probably wasn't such a good idea. I haven't dated in 3 or 4 years now. I always thought that I needed to be there for him because his Father wasn't / isn't. I may have spoiled him. I don't know, but I think his reading is suffering from it. I watched him doing this reading app on our tablet and he doesn't concentrate. Help!