Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ME | 2010-01-11



Few of the things my child does: He does not listen to anyone, when you discipline him he is spiteful and or he hit us. He terrorise the dog to the point where she shakes (literally shakes) when she hears him. He breaks all his toys. Nothing keeps him occupied for more than 15 minutes. My mother stays with us –  she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and I am not far behind (I currently uses anti depressants). We can’ t even plan to go to the store  he just gets totally out of hand. Ten percent of the time he is very sweet and loving. He does not have any trouble sleeping. Is this normal for a two year old or does he need help. No discipline techniques seem to work (time out, ignoring his behaviors, spanking –  nothing helps). The one thing that bothers me the most is the fact that he doesn’ t stop to abuse the dog. Is this an under lying problem. I don’ t think he intentionally hurt her. He picks up the dog constantly, pulling her legs, poking her in the eyes. We are constantly on his case about the dog, isn’ t he suppose to know by now he is hurting her??? Please help.

Expert's Reply



Your little boy is really terrorising the household. This is very difficult for you.You have tried the usual techniques with little or no success. He should certainly not be allowed to play with the dog with immediate effect.If he won't listen send him to his room. Do not plead with him. Speak once firmly to him when you want him to stop. Show that you mean business. Do not plead with him.If he does not listen immediately take him to his room and close the door. Do not allow him out until he is quiet and he must say sorry. If he won't do this then it is back to his room. Be very firm but kind.If this does not work he may need to be seen by a play therapist initially or by a child psychologist.

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