My 4 year old loves to fight me about getting his teeth brushed. I let him brush them first and then I go over it to make sure his teeth are cleaned.
One of the things he does is runs into the bathroom and hides behind the shower curtain. I have told him over and over and over not to do this.
This morning I told him it was time to brush his teeth. I was in the kitchen when I called for him to go brush his teeth and started walking towards the bathroom.
Naturally he ran into the bathroom, got there before me, and hid behind the shower curtain.
Only this time he fell backwards.
Into the tub.
And conked his head.
Now he has a knot on the back of his head. Sorry but I don't feel bad for him. I comforted him, gave him Tylenol to prevent a headache and put ice on the knot, but I told him this is what happens when little boys don't listen to their Mom's. I have told him over and over not only to not run, but to quit hiding behind the shower curtain.
He didn't listen and he fell.
Would you feel the same?
Yes, I have punished him for fighting me about brushing his teeth, not only does he run and hide, he tries to push my hands away and screams/cries about it. He gets punished for this but he's 4 and every 4 year old does shit they know they will be punished for.