Has anyone got a 3.5 and a 2.5 yr olds? Mine just won't listen and wo whatever they want, whenever they want! H.E.L.P!!


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Devon - posted on 03/09/2009




i think the hardest part of being a mom and the hardest part of being a toddler is the transition stage where they start to realize that they are their own person who can make their own decisions but lack the sense to know that they're still little and what they say doesn't go. My 2.5 y/o is in the demanding stage now, only if i say no he keeps demanding over and over and over again. mom's have told me to achnowledge him yadda yadda, but what i've fdound that works the best and actually seems to be helping is only respond the first time they ask and ignore the persistence, it gets the point across much better that no means no and that's that, and to only give one warning where they're being naughty then straight to time out if they do it again. do yourself a favor that while they're still young you teach them that you mean what you say and you say what you mean otherwise they'll walk all over you. good luck mama!

Mary-Ann - posted on 03/07/2009




With me working full time and having three kids, aged 12, 3 and 1, I honestly do not have time for the kids' shenanigans.  My 3year old is the most demanding of the lot!

At your childrens age they have a fairly good grasp of language and is able to communicate pretty well.  What I do with my son when he misbehaves eg. jump on the couch, I explain to him that his behaviour in inappropriate and why( falling of and getting hurt, etc.) and then give him an alternative like doing bunny hops in the garden.  Remember that kids do things they like.  Next time he jumps on the couch I'll ask him if he is allowed to do it.  He then says he's not allowed to and when asked where he is allowed to jump he'll say in the garden.  I then explain to him that because he knows the right answer it means that he knows he is misbehabing and that the next time he does the same thing he will be punished by sitting in the corner for three minutes ( one minute per year of age).  Should he do it again he gets punished.

I know this sounds like a "movie" type solution, but believe me it works.  The only thing is that you feel like you are spending the whole day explaining yourself and your actions for the first week or so.  Should you persevere you will reap the rewards.

Tasha - posted on 03/07/2009




mine are 3 and 4 and are the same way ......I went to Disney recently and thankfully other moms are having the same problem.......you have to get clever I sometimes tell them to do the opposite of what I want them to do and it works my husband thinks its crazy but now I catch him doing it too.

Rae - posted on 03/07/2009




It must be normal for this age because mine is the same way.  I love to hear that other children are as demanding as mine.  Best of luck and keep in touch.  Rae Ann in Northern Michigan

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