Learn his game.
Consequences are a must, & you must follow through. Smart kids tend to learn their mothers weakness & use it against them.
What i finally did w/ my brilliant step son, is i would take favorite toys away. Like BIG toys, things he cannot live without (or so it may seem) and i would put it on top of the fridge where he could see it, but not reach it. He would fall on the floor & cry & act as if he was being murdered, but i would not pay him any attention, because that was what he was looking for. After a few painful days without favorite toys, is when he realized that i was serious. I WON!!! Woo Hooo! But, every child is different. I would feel sorry for him when he got so upset & i would remind myself that it's really not a big deal & he is making it bigger in order to get what he wants. I stopped letting him manipulate me.
anyhow, he knows your weakness, learn to play the game :)
at 2:42 PM on Nov. 20, 2009