When asked why he won't do what he has been asked to do, my 3 1/2 year old boy replies, "because I don't."
When asked why he stopped going pee pee and poopie in the potty, his response was, "I don't want to."
He will not come in from playing when asked to do so. We carry him into the house and he proceeds to cry, yell and throw things at us.
He goes stiff as a board when we try to put him in his car seat, if he doesn't want to go in the car.
We took him to school to enroll him in preschool and he refused to interact with his new teachers, choosing to fold his arms in disgust, sit on the floor and pull his mad face.
When at the grocery store he kicks his feet while we are trying to wheel the basket, causing my DH great pain. He grabs things off the shelves as we go through the store and attempts to take possession of everything going into the basket.
To the contrary, and positive, he is very polite, outgoing and helpful. He loves cleaning and family projects.. He says. please and thank you, apologizes if he does something wrong, laughs alot, has very high level language skills, is very independent and prefers to do things on his own. He is really good at a lot of sports. He throws a perfect spiral football, bowled a 108 his first time bowling, can hit a baseball with a bat most times, loves soccer and is wonderful with animals and is a skilled bicycle rider. He interacts very well with other children, only occasionally having difficulties with sharing and pouting.
His favorite response is, "I'll do it."
DH and I are frustrated and need to figure out a better way of working with our little one on his problem areas. We are loving parents and hugging and I love you's are a constant form of communication with him during each day. We are blessed to have him and want the very best for him, but preschool is going to start soon and he is just not where we need him to be yet in order to meet those challenges successfully.
What kind of a child is this? Any ideas on better discipline to bring him more in line. We practice GD mostly but do occasionally need to spank on issues of definance which could result in harm to himself or someone else. Any ideas on our problem areas?
P.S. He is our only child.