I have a 5 yr old who, really is a good kid. But I've been having these issues lately with him being very disrespectful, mouthy, and defiant. For example, every time I ask him to do something--"Tristen, bring your plate to the sink please", "you bring the plate to the sink". "Tristen, its time to go to bed", "you go to bed". Ive tried all kinds of creative ways to get him to cooperate, but its more that he just has a really bad attitude about EVERYTHING! I think this stems from him feeling out of control. His dad is very controlling, and I think in order to feel powerful, Tristen acts defiantly. I am trying very hard not turn situations into power struggles but I don't think I'm doing a very good job of it--more or less just talking my head off trying to persuade him to cooperate. My question is how do I give him a sense of power and control over himself--I guess the word is empower--so he doesn't feel the need to be defiant?
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4/25/03 at 10:03am