UPDATE: I ADDED A FEW HELPFUL ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE… https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Playing-Mom/187972617887257
So I’m in the middle of a post on discipline, but I’m THISCLOSE to launching my store website (thinking September 1 as the launch date)… point being, I’m too lazy to finish my post at the moment. So sorry, but I’m just sooooooooo excited about my site, working really hard on everything and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a post ready to go for you. I happened to receive a reader letter from someone I actually know this morning, so of course I have to post it. Please help a dear friend with a problem that she’s having…
My 4 1/2 year old son is a good, smart, outgoing and generally happy kid. He has gone to nursery school since he was 1 1/2 and gets only the most amazing reports from his teachers. He does great at playdates when we go to other people’s houses, and he has great playdates with girls at our house. But when another boy his same age comes into his “territory”, he becomes a complete and total nightmare. I’ve seen this happen with him so often that I’m afraid to invite anyone over. We’ve had to cut playdates short and ask kids/parents to go home because he won’t let another kid touch any of his stuff. He literally growls at them and swipes the toys out of their hands. He tells the other kid that he wants him to go home. Before the playdate he acts very excited that the other boy is coming to play and then as soon as the other kid enters our house he flips out. I try every bit of discipline I’ve got – threats, bribes, time-outs – and nothing works to get him back to being himself. I really just don’t know what to do. Any advice out there? I’m at my wits end.
I’m going to withhold my own advice and see what my readers have to say. Okay, go!