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I am at a total loss as to what to do with my 4 yr old. Lately he gets in these moods where he is hell bent on either hitting/pushing me or his little brother. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> This mood can last for over an hour at times and nothing I have tried will get him to stop. In fact I think he feels it is a great way to get my attention. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I think the root of the problem is him being jealous of the baby and wanting all of my attention all the time. However, he is one of three, and no matter how hard I try he can't have <i>all</i> of my attention <i>all</i> of the time. I have been spending hours with him one on one during the baby's naptime while his older brother is in school, but it just doesn't help and it snot like I ignore him during the rest of the day either. I often read a story while nursing the baby, etc. . .<br><br>
When he starts the hitting/pushing thing I removed him from the room and ask him to return when he's calm. However, he just comes back and hits/pushes some more. So it just becomes a game (to him, not me) of me removing him and him coming back to hit/push more. I tried to ignore it, but he's will just continue to hit me until he leaves marks. I've taken away privilages, but it doesn't stop the behavior and I don't really like it as a solution anyway as taking away a toy or his tv time does not relate in any way to being nice.<br><br>
Help!
 
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