Its all about consistency. If you threaten time out or spaings all the time, but never follow through, of course they wont listen to you. They are calling your bluff. Giving in tell them that if they keep screaming or crying, mommy will eventually give in.
If you are consistant, you will see a big change. My DD knows that mommy and daddy dont make empty threats, so when we tell her to listen or she will get a time out, or spanking, that girl shapes up pretty fast. She knows we dont joke around, and when she tries to throw a fit, after we earn her, she is immeditely put in time out, until she is done with the fit. She just turned 2. But people always comment on how well she liatens to us, and that is why.
at 12:39 AM on Jun. 1, 2011