I need parenting advice....

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I need parenting advice....
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 10:38pm


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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 10-12-2011 - 2:19pm
It's tough when your boy is being this difficult. I think it's pretty normal but have a couple of questions for you.

Is this is first year being in school day?
Is he acting out at school or is it just at home?
Have their been any big changes or stress in his life?

I think that 1st grade can be a big adjustment, and they tend to bottle up all of their energy so it comes roaring out when they get home. If you are in public and he's acting out, don't hesitate to punish him. I've made my kids sit down in the middle of the grocery store before in a time out if they are acting up. You also have the choice of taking him right back out to the car.

A good series that I like on parenting is Parenting with Love & Logic. We've gotten advice from a psychologist that mimics the books, and it really does make sense. Even learning how to do a proper time out has helped a lot. You could try using rewards to get him to show better behavior, but rewarding him when he makes good choices.