Kids acting out

Sarah - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My kids are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and are starting to act out. I think a lot of this is that right now, I am working 55 hours a week and my husband is working around 50. We're glad to have jobs right now, but things are just stressful. I miss my sweet kids, but they are starting to act out some. My son has been out of the terrible 2's for awhile, but in the last 2-3 weeks he seems to be going back into that. My daughter who's starting will actually throw fits some. Any tips on how to make this easier for them and lessen their "attitudes"?

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Siobhan - posted on 04/12/2009

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A friend suggested that during the day, at the same time every day, I take time out to call my 2 year old. She's starting to be a complete nightmare and keeps telling she thinks I'm never coming back. Maybe if they feel like we are there even if we aren't than they'll stop testing our patience otherwise. Good luck, I think we're all going to need it.

Carla - posted on 04/12/2009

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I am in the exact same position as you, my kids are 5 1/2 and 2 1/2 and their attitudes are driving me crazy. I think they do this for attention because any kind of attention good or bad is what they are after. My husband and I both work full time plus I study but I found that if my husband and I could find the time after school to play a game of their choice and then get them to help with dinner they were better behaved. Weekends we get them involved in what we are doing which is usually housework, it makes things slower but it makes them feel important and a little easier to manage. In saying this I am still at my wits end with the attitude when I simply can not manage to find a spare minute to do what they want. Hope this helps.

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