How to get control of my 5 year old son under control

Whitney - posted on 10/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 5 year old son that will be 6 in January and he is starting to be out of control. He yells when he doesnt get his way and is starting to be disrepectful all around. I feel like i have tried everything and nothing is working. He just started school and already i have had to leave work 4 times because he has done someting... He is normally a good boy but the last year he has gotten to be out of control i dont know what to do with this behavior... Please HELP!!!

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Monica - posted on 10/11/2012

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That sounds very frustrating. Given that your son is getting into trouble at school, I would suggest that you allow your son’s school to continue to hold him accountable versus you holding him accountable at home for misbehavior at school.



With some kids, consequences are not as effective as incentives. You may want to suggest to your son’s teacher that he/she start using a behavior chart for him at school. That way, if he behaves, he is able to earn incentives, such as extra computer time or being the classroom helper.



Behavior charts also work well at home. You can start with one or two goals (be very short and specific) that he needs to reach in order to earn a reward that day. He might be able to earn things like extra time watching his favorite cartoon, playing a game with you, getting an ice cream, etc. You can work on shorter term rewards in the beginning and then gradually work towards bigger incentives for achieving his goals over longer periods of time.



I hope you find this helpful!

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