terrible twos :0

Ashley - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son ryan will be three in october and he is such a cute loving little boy...buttt lol he has a problem with not listening..at all. haha i know that sounds terrible to say about my own son. I love him to death with all my heart its just really frustrating sometimes. Any input from anyone? lol timeout hasnt worked. i dont know what else to resort to until these terrible twos are over.

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Mandy - posted on 08/16/2010

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I wouldn't wait for him to respond to a request or command. You help him be compliant. I have a 2yo and she likes to tell me no a lot but I ask her if she wants me to help her or she can do it herself. This goes for putting on shoes, getting dressed, putting her toys away, etc.

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Marcy - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son puts on his listening ears. Whenever I need him to focus I ask him to put on his listening ears. He cups his hands over his ears and says "Ting" then I know he is listening. I think at this age its all about choices. For us, we always give him two choices and those are both choices that work in our favor so either one is a win for us. If he is still not listening after I give him his choices I do it one more time "You can listen to mommy or we can turn off the tv and put away the toys." I think sometimes you just have to cut them loose also...there are times when my little guy is off the wall and full of energy. There just is no stopping him and I used to want to reign him in and calm him down but now I find its just easier to let him burn off some of that energy first. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2010

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Aww Ashley I have found boys go through terrible twos a lot longer then girls. I would forget the time outs (it really has only worked for one out of 3 of my children and then it barely worked). Try sending him to his room, or removing a fav toy, or item.

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