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Old 05-11-06, 05:57 PM
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Gals, I need some help. My 7 year old has had a very bad attitude for several weeks now and it's getting worse and worse. He has the worse mouth, never, NEVER, can just say yes ma'am and do what he's told. He backtalks and whines and stomps and slings over every thing!!
 
It's getting to where I am losing it. My dh thinks we should just spank him, but if we did that he would get spankings several times a day, not realistic. We've tried punishing him to his room, taking away toys, privelages (sp), you name it. I am at a complete loss. I have no idea what else to do. And did I mention it's getting worse on daily basis now? I feel like some days all I do is scream and fuss. Is this normal for this age? A girlfriend of mine said that it's normal, but I can't believe that. The smart mouth is enough to make me want to run screaming into the woods and live with coyotes, they'd be easier to deal with some days. Any advice? Before I lose it?
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Old 05-11-06, 10:39 PM
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I have tried something with my girls that seems to work (if I keep up.) They both get 10 dimes a day and if they are bad - don't listen or fight or whatever - they lose a dime. If they get a bad report at school they lose a dime. It seems to work better to see the dimes piling up in a jar than a behavor chart did.

If that doesn't work, try buying some small toys or books etc. If he is good for 2 days then he gets something new. I was doing this at the beginning of the school year when Rachel was getting bad reports every day or so. (this was before I started the dimes.) I had started with trying a new toy after a whole week of good behavor, but it was too long and never worked. 2 days worked. I bought small items costing a few dollars each and after a few weeks I was able to stop it.

Keep us updated & let us know if you find something that works.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:26 AM
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It is normal to an extent. Daniel has many days like that, but then he seems to break out of it and as several good days. It is truly frustrating and drives everyone crazy. Even his teacher said that he is quite typical of a boy his age.

As for what to do about it, I don't listen to his whining and complaining. He can either accept what needs to be done and do it or go sit in his room. He can to all that stuff, but he's not going to get away with it. We try to just take one little phase at a time and manage some how!

(((HUGS!)))
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Old 05-12-06, 12:36 PM
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Oh - sounds so familiar. I was blaming all this on my son currently being in a post-op recovery period where he is unable to do any physical activity at all... Maybe it is a phase that they are going through. It is scaring me thinking if this is what he is like now what is he going to be like as a teenager. He is (or has been) the best one of my bunch in terms of listening and respecting me...

Hopefully they get through it quickly... I am limited to how I can punish him as the only thing he can do right now is game boy/computer/game cube...

Hang in there!! Keep your cool - it will only show him he needs to keep his!
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Old 05-12-06, 04:54 PM
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Thank ya'll so much for all the advice! I am scared too of what teenage years will be like if he's this "headstrong" now, ha! I may become a drinker
 
I am hoping this is a phase though! Ya'll say a prayer for my sanity lol!!
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