Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Southwestern Missouri
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I really feel lost. I haven't a clue how to deal with him anymore. Nothing works. I lose my temper to much more than I'd like (would like to never lose it). Paul is three and a half. Mostly it's the hitting that's bad. He hits just because he wants to hit, and sometimes in anger, but mostly just because he wants to hit us. He thinks it's funny or fun. Sometimes it because he's really excited, so I have shown/told him proper ways to get excitment out, but he still chooses to hit us most times. He hits his sister just because, and it doesn't help that sometimes she does think it's funny so she laughs back. He does not listen at all. If I ask him to stop something, he rarely does. I have resorted to threats, which I do not like at all. Removing him and making him stop doesn't work either. (he just goes right back to it, even if I have physically stood there and MADE him not do it for 5 minutes, the second I think it's safe to stop, say he's gone off playing, he comes right back). Is this just normal behavior? I really need some good, concrete ways to deal with him. I really have no clue how to parent him anymore.
Julie ~ homesteading, Traditional Catholic, wife to Chip, mom to Angelbaby(4-06), DS (3-07), and DD (11-09).