What do I do about a 5 year old not listening?

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Michele - posted on 11/22/2009

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Hi, I have three different routes : Hopefully they help with your 5 year old not listening :)

1. Ear Infection- They are challenging at this age but both my 2 and 4 year old act up REALLY bad when they have one. There is no fever, no crying bc of pain.

2. 1..2..3..TIME OUT 1..2..3..Bed

3. Try a chart. I use a sticker chart. When my oldest gets no timeouts of the day he gets to pick out a sticker. If he gets 10 stickers in a row he gets to go somewhere special or a special gift.

Nadine - posted on 11/22/2009

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Patient,patient, patient and find out if there are some good books out there on disciplining a 5 year old who is not listening. This too shall pass.

Rebekah - posted on 11/02/2011

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I am a huge fan of the book "How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk" by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. It's full of great tools for parents to motivate their kids to do what we need them to do as they grow. My girl is still not two I realize, but I have practiced the ideas since she was tiny and I am blessed with a confident and inquisitive child. Best of luck!!

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2011

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how is he acting? Is he defiant or forgetful or inattentive? How much screen time does he get? Is he a good eater or picky? If he's defiant, it might be an amino acid defiency relying too heavily on adrenaline to function. A protein powder would help (caveat - they can contain artificial sweeteners, so use discretion) if its forgetfulness, Omega 3s and a good multivitamin should help a lot. Reducing screen time will help his attention span and ability to focus. Fix his environment first and the disciplinary tactics will be far more effective. A good discipline book for me was "Children are from Heaven" by Dr. John Gray

Chrissy - posted on 11/22/2009

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If you give a stern yet calm consequense EVERY time he/she does not listen (time out for 1 minute per year of age) I bet your 5 year old would start listening. Watch some Supernanny for ideas on what to do with your 5 year old who is not listening!

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Mavis - posted on 11/22/2009

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its the age we need to try and educate them with a firm disapline weather its to go into a corner for 5 mins or a room as long as us as parents stick to it it should work im doing the same thing at the moment he thinks he runs the house.lol

Jennifer - posted on 11/22/2009

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i have a 5 year that is hard of hearing to. my 7 year old always dose what she's told to do. but not my 5 year old. its just the age, they grow out it.

Karen - posted on 11/22/2009

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Lisa: I too have a 5 year old who is not listening. I heard about the book, "How to Have A New Kid by Friday", and I am probably going to purchase it because it received great reviews. Also, the author of this book has another book called "How to make them mind without losing your mind." The author's last name is Leman. I'm going to try those 2 books.

Kimberly - posted on 11/22/2009

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I have always gotten down on the floor and looked them in the eyes and talked to them. Explain to them that "I really need you to listen to me". It has always worked with both of my boys.

Sharon - posted on 11/22/2009

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Beat him into submission.



JK. Its the nature of the beast. Really it is. A lot of these little guys REALLY fight back against being "tamed" lol.



On the off chance - your 5 year old not listening could be the result of a hearing issue.



If his Ped says he doesn't have a hearing issue, then you need to get better discipline methods going.

Sharon - posted on 11/22/2009

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Beat him into submission.



JK. Its the nature of the beast. Really it is. A lot of these little guys REALLY fight back against being "tamed" lol.



On the off chance - your 5 year old not listening could be the result of a hearing issue.



If his Ped says he doesn't have a hearing issue, then you need to get better discipline methods going.

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