Kids are going to push their limits to test you to see what they can get away with. Time outs only go so far unfortunately, especially when you have a child that is stubborn enough to kick and scream for HOURS. What worked for me is threatening to take his favorite toys, and if he continued to be bad follow through 100 percent. Make sure not only is it a threat, its a promise! Give him the choice to choose how he responds to the situation at first, too. Now I can say "Do you want me to take Thomas away?" and he says no and stops because he knows it will be the consequence of his action. Its good to let them choose, because then they feel they have a say, even when they can't express it with words. Even if you're mad, don't give in, or let him know he's upsetting you in anyway, because ultimately he needs to understand what Mom says, goes!
at 5:49 PM on Sep. 30, 2010