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I think a mandatory parenting class would be a fabulous idea.
If I had taken positive parenting when DS was a baby we probably wouldn't be where we are now. I mean, Irealize DD is a different kid and a girl to boot, but she redirects easily, cleans up with very little prompting, listens when Isay no etc. Ithink a big part of the reason DS doesn't is because I didn't discipline him at all until he was older.
Ya I find myself yelling too at times and then feeling guilty. I never feel the need to yell at my little one...its always my teenagers! When my son talks over me as I am correcting him on something it just makes me get louder. Or when he argues with me when I tell him to do something I just get louder. I know I need to deal with it differently. And when my sd gives me her attitude voice, rolls her eyes, or stomps off I yell to get her attention and I know I shouldn't. It doesn't happen every day, but it still happens and I know it shouldn't.
It's my oldest who gives me attitude who I yell at most too, unless it's a quick "NO!" to DS as he reaches for something hot/sharp/breakable. I really need a better way to deal with attitude because I know it's going to get worse, she's only 9.
Mine is my 5 year old. He tests my patience every.single.freaking.day.
He has an attitude like teenager with the common sense of a typical 5year old. EVERYTHING. is an argument and he only RARELY does what I ask without a huge argument.
Oh, and how could I forget his new favorite past time - making his sister cry EVERY. CHANCE HE GETS!!?
This is going to be hard. Really, really hard.