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#1 of 5 Old 11-09-2003, 05:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been having a really hard time lately with ds just not listening to me. I want to GD, but I end up reverting back to a punitive style of discipline.

Like today at church, a girl grabbed a truck from him. I got it for him and them he decided to "give it back" by throwing it at her. I held him on my lap (while trying to hold dd also) and he was screaming and pitching a fit because I wouldn't let him get back up until he stopped screaming. I ended up threatening to spank him if he didn't stop. Then he went from screaming to crying, which wasn't the idea. But what did I expect, I told him I was going to hit him. What should I have done?

I'd really like it if people could email or AIM me for support with this whole discipline thing.

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#2 of 5 Old 11-14-2003, 06:50 AM
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I can really relate to how hard it is not to revert to punitive styles of discipline. I don't have any great advice, but please know that you are not alone. I do tend to do better when I am well rested and well fed though. Fill yourself with positive good mama thoughts, keep doing your best and if you make mistakes, apologize and try again.
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I know, it is very hard sometimes when they are pitching a fit and acting horrible; it makes YOU want to pitch a fit & act horrible. But of course that is not a good idea. I see you have a new baby too. I definitely noticed my older son had some behavioral problems after my younger son was born & I also noticed I had much less patience with him after my younger son was born. This is tough. I definitely think if you want to stop the cycle of anger, you need help. Do you have family around you? Maybe once a week your mother, MIL , your dh, or even hire a babysitter, can take the baby & you can spend focused one-on-one time with your oldest. This can really make a difference. Also, carving out time for yourself to exercise & enjoy something you like doing can go a long way towards giving you more patience with your kids. I know it's almost impossible with 2 children, but I go to bed early & get up early to get this important time to myself. Lastly, Dr Sears Discipline Book & a book called "Becoming the Parent You Want To Be" have been helpful to me. Good luck to you. I know you can do this!

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When I lose it and say or do or threaten things that don't fit with the way I want to parent I have had to learn to forgive myself. Actually, this ids the hardest part, I'm still working on not spiralling down into a guilty, self hating cave. Then I try to explain to my kids that I made a mistake. Something along the lines of Ït didn't feel very good for you when I did that did it? I'm really sorry that happened and it won't happen again""(except more specific, of course). I think its important to apologise and give our kids a model of what to do when they make mistakes. My kids know I'm not perfect. I don't want them to have the same feelings of shame and guilt as I do. I also really like the book, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. It is really supportive of one's parenting choices and not preachy or prescriptive.
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#5 of 5 Old 11-23-2003, 10:17 PM
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Just checking in to see how it's going. I hope you're hanging in there. I know how hard it can be, especially in the heat of the moment. Just know that you have lots of support here!

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