Monday, October 25, 2010
To spank or not to spank....
It seems to send a mixed message: 'Don't hit your brother!' followed by a smack for her. My husband disagrees completely. He gives her a smack from time to time when she really gets out of line and she just gets angry or bursts into tears and wants hugs. That results in a time out on the naughty chair, tears and huffiness. Sometimes she just laughs when she's given a reprimand. Just yesterday she said to me as I dragged her into her room for a time out, 'Cate hit X anyway.' It's the most frustrating thing on earth.
It doesn't matter what I do she just goes for it. She's fine with other children but not with her brother. All day I break it up. I cannot turn my back for a second. I get nothing done and I'm SO tired of it all. All I say is, 'Don't touch him,' 'Leave him alone,' Get off your brother,' 'Stop it right now,' etc, etc, etc, all day, every day. this has got to stop because I'm ready to run off to Bora Bora. Solo. I'm that close to my wits end.
We try not to give X any more attention than we do Cate but he is just learning to walk and that's a big deal. As soon as he tries to take a few steps Cate's on him knocking him over or shoving him. I seriously do not know what to do about this. I need Jo Frost pronto.
Has anyone else had to deal with this and how did you manage it? I'm open to any and all advice!! Email me if you don't want to post a comment: jollyoldengland @ gmail (dot) com (it's broken to discourage spammers)