my son is 5. lately he has been acting up a lot. doesn't want to do this or that, which is not all that unusual for a kid, i know. we just got back from vacation and i know he's tired. but i can't take his acting out anymore. for example, today we were supposed to go to the library. he decided he didn't want to, but we put him in the car and went anyway, thinking he would give in. he didn't he refused to get out of the car. my dh went in and got a library card while ds and i sat in the car. i explained how dissapointed i was, how i really wanted to get some books, etc. what could i do? i can't physically force a 5 year old to go into a library. i told him we were going straight home and no tv for him today. he said he would beat me up. lol. we had plans to do more than just the library, but since it wasn't looking like he'd cooperate w/ anything we just came home. this is just an example. help, please!
Asked by Anonymous at 1:29 PM on Jul. 18, 2009 in General Parenting
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Answer by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
I have to agree with other posters.
#1 at this age, you can force him to go places he doesn't want to. Once you do it a couple of times he will get the message loud and clear.
#2 CPS will no go after you because your child has a tantrum in public.
#3 If you don't want to spank him, don't. You have other alternatives. But for a five year old they need to be immediate. No TV this afternoon is a long way off when you're five. Telling him you're sorry he doesn't want to go to the library, but he is going is right now.
#4 Him saying he will beat you up isn't LOL. It's disrespectful. If he got any indication you think it's funny he will continue saying it and worse.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 4:05 PM on Jul. 18, 2009