I am a teacher of 6 year olds. I deal with their varied behavior issues on a daily basis. Parents come to me searching for advice on how to deal with their kids at home.
I am a Mom of a 6 year old and I have NO IDEA how to deal with his behavior!!
Why is it so easy with someone else's child?
Maybe I'm a sham. Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. How can I even think to give advice to parents when I can't even deal with my own kid?
My 6 year old is currently in a phase (or at least I HOPE it's just a phase). He is moody, bossy, snippy, combative, a know-it-all, grumpy, whiny, and any other dwarf that you can think of!
I've tried everything in my arsenal when dealing with his behavior: taking away his DS, taking away his Wii, not allowing him to go to parties with his friends, and even an occasional pop on the behind. He laughs at me when I try and reason with him, and he's overly dramatic if I yell. I'm at my wit's end!
My husband is currently gone for 2 months and when I try and talk with him about it, he asks if I want him to talk with my out of control kiddo. He's my last resort. If I give in and let the big guy do the yelling, it's almost as if I'm not the one in charge....and we all know THAT'S not true!
We are now on to the way that I advise parents to deal. The sticker chart. This form of behavior management worked when I wanted to reason with him to sleep alone. So we're trying it now.
What else can I do to draw the demon out of my sweet little boy?