Remember a few months ago when I started the no-yell challenge? Well I was full keeping up with it. I would give myself an 8 out of 10 - which was seriously WAY better than I thought I would be able to manage. Then yesterday happened. And I needed to revisit that post and take the pledge again.
Something happened yesterday. I put Will down for a 'nap'. Somehow in that 45 minutes where he tore his entire room apart; threw his toys everywhere and basically partied....a cement fairy came and dumped a load off in his ears. The next 5 hours were like nothing we've experienced before. He would not listen to a ONE thing I said. Nothing.
He was openly defiant; laughing his maniacal laugh; and driving me to the brink of insanity. Now reading the no-yell challenge again - one thing is constant. I was very tired yesterday. The weekend was a bit crazy. I had an amazing night out Friday - and it was late. We sent the day on Saturday hanging at the paddle club but then I went out again Saturday night. So my own fault. Tired.
BUT. This was different. No amount of time-outs etc worked. It just wound him up more. At one point, I ran down the stairs and out the back door and sat on the porch to try and calm down...but he found me. The next time out I gave him resulted in all of his cars being thrown at the door. I responded to this with a whack on his ass. Thankfully my friend Lindsay came over at 3 and I dissolved into tears and just said 'get him away from me before I totally lose it.'. We ended up all going for a walk together - but he was still being defiant.
Trust me. I know this is a stage as they all are. BUT, I'm just asking for some advice from you parents who made it through the threes. What are some other tactics for discipline that I can try on out of control days like this? I really felt at a loss yesterday.
*This was him at 5pm. I was saying goodbye to Lindsay and all was way too quiet. And yeah - there he was. Was I afraid it would mess up bedtime - absolutely. Did I give a rats ass? Nope....*