How can I get my 2 year old to respect?

Migmarie - posted on 02/26/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 2 year old son DOES NOT respect me!!! He won't listen to me when I tell him to do something, if I tell him he is doing something wrong...he throws himself on the floor and starts screaming his head off, if I tell him to stop doing something...he yells back at me, if I try to discipline him...he just stops for a few minutes then goes back and does the same thing. I have tried being nice, diverting his attention, yelling and screaming, spanking (which I hate but sometimes it's the only thing that will get him to second guess doing something wrong), timeouts are a joke...but yet if his dad tells him to do something or to stop doing something, he sure listens to him, he may cry but he listens. NOT ME...he will scream back at me and keep doing what he is doing. I am at a breaking point and I don't want to lose my cool with him, what can I do? PLEASE HELP!!!

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Michelle - posted on 02/26/2013

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You have to be consistent and follow through EVERY time. When he is doing something he shouldn't give him 1 warning and let him know what will happen if he keeps going. If he does it again follow through with what you told him would happen. With time outs you have to keep putting them back, not talking to them, until they stay.

Ignore the tantrums, they just want attention and they don't care if it's good or bad. They will soon learn that you mean business and won't back down so it's best not to argue with you.

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