almost 6 year old...bad temper....help

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Registered: 07-12-2014
almost 6 year old...bad temper....help
Sat, 07-12-2014 - 3:33am

I have 3 small children. 3, 5 (almost 6) and 7.  My older 2 are boys and they have opposite personalities but both are very emotional. My 7 year old is very lovey and still wont sleep without my husband or I next to him. He wants to be the boss and be in control but gets very emotional when we try to get him to be independent. Now my almost 6 year old is pretty independent but he gets so angry at the drop of a hat. It is so frusterating because I feel like Ive tried everything. W hen he plays with his brother and sister it takes 5 minutes before they are all fighting and he is crying and screaming.  Simple things like if he wants a snack 5 minutes before dinner...I say no...he blows up, screaming I hate you. Ive went from hollering  back, which i know i shouldnt..to sitting with him for a time out which he is then kicking me and telling me not to touch him. Ive tried telling him to try to count with me when hes upset or disapointed and then we can talk about what the problem is calmly...that doesnt work. I give him timeout and it doesnt help because right after his 5 minutes are up hes back at it again. i really could use some suggestions. if i could call that nanny show i would!!! Our house is just constantly caotic and never relaxing...everyone is always hollering..including myself. Screaming, crying, fighting...help!