Repeating EVERYTHING I say

United States
March 9, 2009 1:07pm CST
My 3 1/2 year old is very typically repeating everything I say to him. Most of the time, it's not a bad thing at all - he's been in speech therapy for over a year now and is doing fabulous now. I absolutely love that he can express himself so clearly and easily now... however, I don't quite know how to handle him being fresh. For example, when his is talking fresh to me, which isn't often, but still... I usually say to him, "if you want to talk to me you have to talk nice" or "don't talk to me that way." So now when I yell at him for whatever, he says - you guessed it! "DON'T TALK TO ME THAT WAY" I don't know what to say or do in this instance. Should I ignore it? I know they say alot of what a child says is for the purpose of getting a reaction out of adults... I have managed to keep my cool the few times he's cursed, I always make him say "please/thank you/excuse me" etc. He's a very nice little boy, if I do say so myself, but I don't want him to say this to me and it turns into a battle of the wills. Any thoughts? TIA
1 response
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
9 Mar 09
As frustrating as it is, this is perfectly normal. I have a four year old son, and we have this little battle of wills almost daily. They are seeking some sort of independence and this is a test. Stand your ground, try not to get angry, but be firm. Eventually he will get the message. The main thing is to be consistent. If he knows he can get away with something, he will keep testing you.
• United States
9 Mar 09
Thank you for the response. I'll do that!