I'm a newly-single mother of a 6-year-old and 18-month-old, and pregnant with my third child. My 18 month-old has been acting terribly lately, and the pressure and stress are just too much to handle sometimes! He's CONSTANTLY crying, throwing himself on the floor, won't come when he's called, doesn't listen to "no" (although he used to...so I know he knows what it means), and is constantly demanding attention. I've tried everything I can think of to get him to stop. Spankings, time-outs in his playpen, ignoring him when he acts up....nothing seems to make any difference. Since he's always running around and won't listen to me, I feel like I have to either keep him in his crib, playpen, high chair, or swing----all of which he usually starts screaming when he realizes he's about to be put in, and continues crying and fussing until I take him out again. He's really only content when he can roam freely and gets picked up whenever he wants (which is rare that I can or will do either). I'm honestly starting to resent him. When I hear him in his crib in the morning or after a nap, I get a feeling of dread. Like "here we go again". I know that soon after I get him up, the stress level is going to go through the roof----I can't take it. I'm pregnant, and my 6-year-old gives me his own set of issues (although I can easily handle his, when my blood isn't boiling from having to deal with the youngest). Any suggestions or tricks to get this to stop? I want to believe this is just a phase, but I don't know. I feel like there's GOT to be a way to improve his behavior---but I sure as hell don't know it. And in the mean time my mother (I live with her) and I are going insane.
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