..don't let him get to you, mama. He's a boy and he's learning boundaries. It's a pain in the ass, but what you're gonna have to do is take him back to time out; every time. Don't get mad, don't feed on his energy and don't let him feed off of yours. Just put him back in time out.. then walk away. Even if you have to do it all day, over and over, every damn day. It won't take him long to realize it's not fun to stay in time out all day long. Beyond that, make a GREAT BIG POSTER CHART WITH STICKY STARS and give him a star for 'good behavior' rather than punishing him for bad behavior? if he says 'thank you', give him a star.. with lots of fanfare and excitement. if he helps with cleaning up his messes, give him a star.. hell, even if he takes a time out like a good little fella, give him a star for 'being a man'. sigh.. its hard work making a good man out of a perfectly normal, unruly little boy.. good luck, mama.
at 11:07 AM on May. 31, 2011