Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Power Struggle

I know I’m a hypocrite because I abandon my blog for months at a time, then I suddenly reappear asking you for advice like I don’t realize that no one is reading this blog anymore because they got tired of patiently waiting for me to post something.

I’m going to throw this out into the blog-o-sphere anyway because it is driving me crazy.

It has recently come to my attention that my son is an evil dictator. He thinks he is the master of the house and I don’t think that is very cool.

For instance, I was eating dinner last night and he told me to get out of my chair. For those of you that have never been to my house, my kitchen table has seating for six people and I was sitting in one chair. The evil dictator wanted me to abandon my dinner and relinquish my chair to him just because. I ignored him and let him scream.

He seems to have this idea that Mommy is his meat puppet or his third arm.

I was appalled to realize that my kid is uber-spoiled, but I was even more appalled to learn that evidently every friend, family member, and church acquaintance that we have has mentioned to my husband that our kid manipulates Mom. I’m not really feeling warm and fuzzy about this situation at all.

I’ve started laying the smackdown, but I’m worried that my neighbors might start calling the cops because my kid has a nuclear meltdown every time I defy him.

Any tips for making the transition of power a little less painful for the folks within a one mile radius of our house?


Lynette3boys said...

Get ear plugs.

PBandJ said...

Peanut tries to defy mommy and daddy, too. It does not work. You must be firm and consistent. Sometimes ignoring the behavior is the best way to get rid of it. Also, remind him that you will only be able to listen and understand him if he is talking to you and being polite. Peanut never gets anything unless he is calm and says please, and if that takes a few minutes of ignoring his demanding first, then asking him to say please, so be it. It is worth the extra effort to let him know who is in charge.