my 2 yr old and talking back

Shauna - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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my 2yr old talk back to me and my husband a lot. it is very frustrating. we do the time out thing and it dosen't seem to be working. he also likes to hit me more so than my husband. i just need help on trying to calm the talking back.

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Alicia - posted on 03/18/2009

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I have a 17 month old who started temper tantrums at 15 mos. I've had similar issues recently and same scenario where she won't act like that with my husband. I think some of it has to do with the fact that she spends most of her day around me (I'm a SAHM) and much less around her daddy who works nights. Its hard to be firm sometimes when telling them no or punishing them. Just stick with it. It has been suggested to me that I take away something that is meaningful to her when she's acting up. For my daughter, its her binky. Spanking doesn't always work, and we try to only use that for things that are dangerous or could hurt her. Take it away until they can behave. My daughter is too young to understand the concept of time out...I've tried to stand there with her, but it doesn't work. I've also heard you should walk away and ignore them, until they can calm down. This can be hard for me too, because she just follows me, but sometimes she will get distracted by a toy along the way, and then she's done. I've also noticed she tends to act up/get into stuff/ hit & kick when she's not getting enough attention. Although I think its important for her to learn to play alone, I also have to take frequent breaks and give her my undivided attention for a few minutes. Then I can often break away and give her some time to play alone while I'm nearby doing whatever it is I need to do. Also try having him help you around the house with things. Changing out the laundry, picking up the toys, feeding pets, putting dishes away, sometimes cooking depending on what it is...cookie dough on a cookie sheet. Even though they are young, they love to help and learn new things. You may find that your relationship/bonding gets better and maybe he won't talk back when you punish him?

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