Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stick a banana in it

Lately, big monkey has been getting into ALL kinds of trouble because of his mouth and attitude. It has been a constant struggle to figure out how to correct this before it gets completely out of hand. I swear he is a 13 year old girl trapped in a 4 1/2 year old boy's body. He has my attitude mixed with his dad's moodiness, lethal combination.
Last Friday he threw one heck of a tantrum. I have been lucky so far and both the older boys skipped the lay on the floor while kicking and screaming bloody murder tantrums. Well I got a taste of it Friday and I was not pleased one bit! Let's just say we were at a public place, nanny and other children in tow, and I ended up with sand down my shirt with a hungry baby in the van. I have never been so embarrassed or mad in my life with any of my children. So, he had to stay in his room the rest of the day, no movie night for him, and no swimming the entire weekend. I could not stop laying on the punishment. He was crushed and I nearly felt bad for him until I had to wipe the sand from myself to feed the baby.
The rest of the weekend he was a perfect angel. The sweet little boy he used to be. And then Monday he was yelling at the nanny and lost swim time again! I am at a loss. I really work with him on how to talk to people and when to shut his mouth, but I feel like we are going over the same things over and over again. I am tired of constantly getting on to him, we are not having fun anymore!! I am open to suggestions.


Connie Weiss said...

Oh man...that's a tough one. I think you are doing the right thing by taking privileges away.

Thanks for your support and comments on my fitness blog! When I'm ready to run a half marathon...we SHOULD get together!

Lacy Rose said...

AAAAAAHHHH I am all to familiar with this tantrum throwing. Leyton decided he did not like the Flea Market at the Gastof and decided to throw one heck of a fit for the Amish.

I think they were in shock.

I hope this phase doesnt last long.

Lori said...

At least he is old enough to understand what you are saying and the consequences. My 18 month old just screams and I talk back to him but I have no idea if he even grasps what I am saying. "Stop crying and I will give you the candy" doesn't work, so he either is so upset he can't focus on what I'm saying, or he really doesn't understand.