My five year old has recently become aggressive, mainly towards me. We’re on vacation and I feel like maybe I don’t know my own son all of a sudden or just how severe his case truly is. I hope it’s due the new setting and unstructured schedule, which I know is a challenge for him.
I find myself in tears. I’m having to interact with him in a way that I don’t want to, but have no other choice. It’s becoming a constant battle with him and it’s tearing me a part.
He’s the sweet heart that I know for the first few hours after he wakes up and then the table turns. Positive reinforcement hardly works with him. He partially responds to consequences only if he desires something in return or to not be taken away.
His new favorite words are, “Go Away!”. He responds well to my husband 80% of the time and about 20% of the time with me. He’s great with his little sister 80% of the time too.
How am I supposed to give my daughter the attention that she deserves? How do I show her that his behaviors are unacceptable so she too doesn’t pick them up?
I’m also pregnant with our third child and ask God to give me strength. Maybe it’s my hormones coupled with everything else. His behavior is challenging despite the tools we use. I’m ready to send him off to boot camp if was feasible. I know that not the solution, I’m just over stretched and allowing it to impact the quality of myself, my marriage, my parenting with my daughter.
Thank you for reading my ongoing venting. And the thing is, he’s only five.