Im listening to my iPod at full blast to drown out my child's crying. *etu*
He's 7, not a baby. And he problems with sassing back lately. Just constantly being contrary and sassing back.
Today I told him he needed to get out of the bath. He sweetly asked for more time, I said 5mins. He asked for more. I said ok.
25mins later I said "ok sweets, time to get out"
he replied with "no! I will not! I say when I get out NOT YOU!"
Well then. I took the plug. Said sternly without yelling "you will get out this instant and get dressed young man." and walked out.
He got out, got dressed. I tucked him in and let him know since he was so ungrateful for the extra 25mins I gave him, I would be taking the time back by not reading him a story. I reminded him if he escalated so would his consequence.
He is now in his room screaming and crying how he hates me, trying to bait me but not leaving his room.
So Im listening to music instead of him hoping he falls asleep and feeling frustrated, mean and exhausted.
I want to thank all the moms who gave me such helpful suggestions and advice. I used a timer tonight and explained the time would not be extended, that when it went off it was done. When it went off I went in and took the plug and left him to come out on his own (he did in a reasonable time, after doing the butt slide thing lol).
He went to bed without arguments, escalation or battles.
The timer and no negotiation suggestions were life savers, thanks to the 2 moms that made those suggestions! You guys rock!