Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The terrible 4's

Okay, so I always heard that the two's were terrible. I had heard that in all actuality the three's were worse than the two's. Well nobody told me how horrible the four's would be!!
Big monkey has been giving me fits for a while now. His mouth is going to be the death of me. He has the same problem that I do, he thinks he has to get the last word in. It is not a good thing.
He thinks that when he is in trouble he needs to say something to hurt your feelings or tell you he is going to do something if you punish him. Like last night for instance, he told me if I did not let him watch a show, he was going to put me on fire! Well he did, and I put him in the corner. He said he was not going to stay in the corner and he was going to wipe the pasta sauce all over the walls. So I took him to the bathroom and washed his hands and face and then sent him to bed. I am finished arguing and listening to that mouth. He had a bad report from the nanny that day too. Apparently he told her he was going to bite her if she made him do circle time. I don't really understand where this is coming from. I am VERY strict with the tv. They don't get to watch any kind of transformer or super hero type shows yet. I get that they are boys and will instinctively know fighting. I just don't have to like it!
I have found a new way of "training" the little ones and am currently reading up on it and trying to put it to good use. We had an excellent week last week and I think it was because of the new no warning type of obedience. I am hoping he is testing me this week to see if I am going to get lazy again or stick with it. I have news for that monkey, mommy is sticking to it and will have two (soon three) monkeys that listen and obey first time go around and will do it nicely!


Anna said...

My 10 and 6 year olds have been soo defiant lately, I think it's the time of year!
Little crappers all have a reality check coming soon!
Good luck with your little monkey!

Lacy Rose said...

Oh no. This scares me. When I was pregnant I would always say I am going to be a mean mom and no fits will happen in my home.
Now my little turd just looks at me, gives me the "ratface", and throws himself on the floor... just because he has to get dressed.
What book are you reading?

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Must be something in the air. My 4 year old (Middle) threw a doozy of a tantrum last night. I think I now have him convinced he's getting coal for Christmas, the little sh*t!

Lori said...

That sucks, I am not looking forward to days like that. But I feel the same way you do, persistence and consistency in what parents tolerate is key. Don't give in. Of course it's so much easier to say than do.

Sherry said...

o yes mattingly for sure!

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

Are you sure we're not raising the same child?? My 3 year old has a mouth on him! He sounds like a 13 year old.

I'm now in the fetal position thinking about 4.

Sara said...

I do not look forward to that age. I wish mine could stay 18 months forever!