My 5yr old drives me to distraction!

Vivien - posted on 10/22/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I'm sure I'm not alone on this one but I'm finding it increasingly hard to be calm and rational with my 5yr old boy when he doesn't do as he's told. I'm writing this because I was so frustrated with him this evening for not listening and carrying on doing something after I told him clearly at least 3 times to stop I smacked him on the bottom with a paperback book. I feel awful because I don't condone smacking children at all and know it's not a good example of the way to discipline your child but my patience just shot through the roof after many 'not listening' moments this evening. Examples of behaviour that's driving me up the wall are repeating back word for word what I'm saying as I'm telling him off for something. The "I'm just..." or "just one more" lines when I've asked him to stop doing something, which consequently is never just once more, and constantly wanting whatever his younger sister has literally just picked up, and if she doesn't willingly give it up either taking it anyway, whinging to me that she won't let him have it or cajouling it off her by some other means. Please someone post solutions or at least let me know I'm not alone!

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