Very stubborn son who does not listen most of the time... advice?
Hi mommas. I just want to give a little bit of background here and see what other mommas would suggest.
Our son just turned 4 the end of July. I stay at home with him 24/7 and I am a full-time student. Hubby has a full time job working 40 hours a week, for a total of 5 days a week. We recently started potty training about 3 weeks ago. It's going super well. We've only had 3 accidents.
The stubbornness began before the potty training. We would ask him politely to do something: put his bowl in the sink, brush his teeth, change his clothes, etc. He wouldn't listen. He would dance, sing, make faces at us, and completely ignore our requests. It's frustrating. He honestly used to be awesome at doing these things and we would praise him for doing a great job. Fast forward to today. Now he won't go potty before we leave the house which results in accidents. He won't stop annoying behavior: bouncing around the living room when it's time to be quiet so we can have reading time, making faces and immitating mouth movements of speaking while we talk, etc. We are beyond frustrated.
If we try to repeat what we just asked, he interrupts us and says "I know I know I know I KNOW" really loudly and rolls his eyes. I wasn't expecting this type of behavior until the teenage years. It's really stressing us out. We need some sort of good behavior system to counteract these bad behaviors. We know he's capable of being an awesome kiddo.
I don't want to be taking away his toys or privelages all the time. I can't even reward him for good behavior because it barely happens. He's my first child and I'm just at a loss here. Any advice is welcome. Thanks for reading this :)