I have a 31-month-old son who is starting to get defiant, which I understand is normal for his age as part of trying to be independent. I feel like my own inability to show or control my emotions is contributing to my ineffectiveness as a parent, and this is all hurting my relationship with my son. I am shipping out in February for 7 months, and the last thing I want is for my son to hate me the way he seems to now. Why am I unable to relate to my son? I've tried to sit down and play with him, but he doesn't want me to. My only positive interaction with my son is when I read him poems at night, which he will not go to bed without. I'm really hurting and don't know where else to turn. My wife just yells at me and tells me that I need to try harder.
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