Three year old help?

United States
March 12, 2007 1:18pm CST
My son just turned 3 years old last month and he has been recently acting so out of control it's ridiculus.I usually sit him on the couch for punishment but nothing seems to work. Any hints or tips on how to make him the sweet angel he used to be?
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@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
12 Mar 07
That sounds a lot like our son and he is know 4.5 years old. He is slowly turning back into the sweet angel he used to be. The one thing he is doing is controling the situation. Our son found out he could control situations at certain times. YOu just need to be firm in what you are doing for punishement. When you say no, it has to be no. Walmart used to be a big problem. You can be turned in so quick by an overzealous employee. I would suggest that they have a family bathroom in the back of the store. Very good place to let your son know that he is not in control of what is happening. By The way, our son is a lot more enjoyable to shop with now. Just be strong and solid and you will get your sweet son back.
@SageMother (2277)
• United States
12 Mar 07
If he's healthy he will never return to that angelic state of mind. He is now aware of his being separate person. You are now into full blown childhood and now is when you change your approach to include things that amount to his learning "basic German Shepard" other words, your discipline at home HAS to prepare him for school. He needs to learn that there are consequence for his not being obedient, he needs to learn a bit of responsibility for his actions, and he needs to learn to his level of course. Small chores and MUCH less indulgence are called for. You may find it difficult to be stern with him but if you don't start now, you will have a tyrant on your hands and a discipline problem at school which could land him in special ed classes that are geared for those who cannot comply well enough for a regular classroom. You are at those first stages of letting go. Embrace them and use them to your advantage so that your child becomes a worthwhile adult by 18.