Our expert says:
It sometimes seems as though 3-year-olds, like young cats, are specifically designed to test our mental health and patience. And his 3 am demand for yogurt sounds very like a young cat. Can you leave a small amount o yogurt near his bed, so he can help himself ? Or is it actually the attention he wants ?
And remember the old but effective tactic for dealing with negativity andd stubbornness. When , for instance, it's time for him to go to bed, don't argue about that, but about which toy or book or whatever he will take with him to bed. When it's time to get dressed, don't argue about whether he'll put on a shirt, but about whether it'll be the red or green shirt he will put on. If it sounds an important issue, and you seem to be leaning towards green, h could be very satisfied to insist on the red, and either way, he gets to put a shirt on.
But also, as Me says ( do I sound very self-satisfied if I agree with Me ? ) don't try so hard to be endlessly patient, bu set up a simple system of discipline ( as shown on DSTV in Little Angels, SuperNanny, etc ). Basic simple unambiguous rules, such as don't wake Mom except for real emergencies, and the basics of dressing, washing, and accepting what there is rather than always getting what he wants. His making a tantrum leads, as explained to him, to time in a naughty room or spot, for 4 minutes, and back there if he hasn't calmed down abd isn't ready to apologise and move ahead. A chart with stars for every time he conspicuously keeps to an important rule, with rewards for every 10 or so stars, and with Black marks for every infringement, losing a star for every one of those.
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