My four-year old, Tristan, is going crazy, I swear he is. I have no other explanation for this crazy behavior of his, and my husband and I feel like we're losing this battle. He gets into so much trouble it's nearly impossible to remember the last good thing he's done.
Take this morning for example. I woke up to laghter early this morning and I went into the boys' room to investigate. Tristan was in his brother Tiernan's crib, tickling his feet. I didn't think much of it, but I should've gotten up. When Paul, my husband, went in to get them up...MARKER all over the walls along Tiernan's crib. The ONLY place Tristan could've gotten that marker is the kitchen and we have a gate in the hallway that we shut every night so he doesn't sneak into the living room/kitchen when everyone's sleeping. He can climb over the gate now, which is what he did. Then, later on, for the MILLIONTH time, he managed to get to the top rack in the closet and get the baby powder and now their room is WHITE. Then, he peed...on his bedroom floor, AGAIN.
Every single morning and every single night is the same thing. He's fairly good during the day in between, except for fighting, throwing things off our balcony (we live upstairs in a 2-story apartment building), somehow managing to sneak food into the bedroom to make a huge mess, torturing the cat, flushing things down the toilet and throwing his clean clothes all over his bedroom floor.
I can understand if he's frusterated or stressed out, because he has a speech delay of some kind (we're seeing his pediatrician Thursday) and it's hard for him to convey his emotions and thoughts through words. We try our best to listen to him and be patient, but what is with him and this behavior!?
We've tried everything as far as punishment goes. Time-outs, spanking, taking things and privilages away...nothing works. Right now, his room is completely void of toys and he's sitting on his bed and I can hear him bitching and moaning about being me being a jerk so I know he's at least mad. I just did that because I'm at a total loss with this kid!
Tristan acts like he doesn't understand what we're telling him when we try to explain why he's in trouble. BUT! When I catch him with something he's not supposed to have, or doing something he's not supposed to be doing, he tries to hide the evidence! That's clearly a sign that he understands, isn't it? I mean, I like to think that I'm somewhat intelligent, but right now, in this situation, maybe I am being stupid, or just seeing osmething that I want to see, or...I don't even freakin' know!
What's going on here?! I feel like I'm never going to clear this hurdle with my son and I depserately want to. Or I want to at least know that I'm not the only mother who gave birth to a demon. :( A cute demon, which makes it all the worse.
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