DS just turned 3 in late October, and I cannot BELIEVE the change in his behavior over the last 2 weeks. He has become defiant, beliegerant, and mouthy. His favorite words are "No", "Uh-uh", and "I don't want to". He also now points his finger at me when he says "NO!" and has reached out to hit me when he gets really upset. What happened to my sweet little angel who always listened? His two's were a PIECE OF CAKE compared to his three's so far. Is this normal? My older son who is now 4 1/2 is autistic, so I never experienced any of this defiance with him (although he is starting to show a little defiance here and there these days). It seems like nothing works with discipline. Taking toys away gets him upset, but doesn't change his behavior. I HATE spanking, but I have spanked his bottom a few times (not hard, but enough to leave a little sting) and that seems to make him stop the behavior. He absolutely refused to get in his bed for a nap this afternoon - kept yelling "NO" at me - I picked up all his Disney Cars and took them out of his room and put them up high, and it didn't make any difference. He continued to yell "NO" at me, until I finally spanked his bottom (twice) and then he finally got in bed. I feel like spanking should be used as a LAST, LAST resort, but man, oh, man - this kid is STUBBORN!!
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11/28/06 at 11:17am