Rachel - posted on 01/09/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 3 year-old son will not obey. He refuses to use his words, too--which makes things incredibly frustrating. He'll say things occasionally, but all he wants to do is run around and get into things he's not supposed to. We've tried time-outs, taking away things, hand swats, spankings, you name it--we've tried it. He'll even do something as we're in the middle of telling him not to! He'll scream bloody murder if we say no, no matter how gently. He wants instant gratification and his way all the time. He's extremely strong and high energy. He'll literally run for long periods of time in circles around the house. Since he won't sit still--Bible class is a challenge, and pre-school isn't an option. He won't calm down and pay attention. Things have to be his idea or he'll refuse. (For example: potty training--he won't even remotely consider it). What do I do with a toddler who is huge and strong, defiant, and is willing to pay the consequences just to do the action? (He's touched the hot stove more times than I'd like to admit). EVERY DAY I have to fight the SAME battles OVER and OVER. I am so tired and frustrated. Today I lost it. Help me please.