Why doesn't my son listen to me? he listens to everyone else i.e daddy, nannie and friends but never me, he does as he's told by someone else but usually does the opposite for me! he'll be 2 in a months time. help!!


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Naomi - posted on 03/02/2009




my daughter was the same way. I just realized that my husband was actually putting her in time out. She knows how to pick up her toys with help, if she doesn't help daddy, he will put her in time out. 

On the other hand, I was a softy. I would ask her to help me and she would just keep playing while I picked up all of the toys. It wasn't till I actually started putting her in time out too that she listened. 

So, for me it was that I wasn't following through and I didn't want to be too mean. Now, I realize that she listens to me more when I actually enforce it with her. 

Claire - posted on 03/02/2009




Thanks for the advise! i can sometimes be to soft but other times i feel im to hard, bring up children is so hard!!!!

Erica - posted on 03/01/2009




If I had a penny for every time I've asked myself that same exact question with the exception of changing son to daughter, I would have a lot of pennies! hehe

As for me I realized that it's not that she doesn't listen to me, it's that I don't "make" her listen. Anytime she would misbehave I would put her in time out but she looked so pitiful, that after time out was over I felt so bad!! So it made following thru with time out harder.

I don't know if you are a sucker like me but I just had to understand that by not setting rules or not following thru with time outs, I was hurting both of us. Now I enforced the rules more and tell myself that it really is for her own good.  It's hard and if the only worries you have for you baby is this...then you are doing pretty good Mom. Hang in there! They only get cuter and smarter :)


What is funny now, she listen to me more now than my husband. LOL

Charlotte - posted on 02/28/2009




i think this is just his age and to see how far he can push befor he gets a reaction, its hard work and there is no magic answer im afrad xx

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