(Closed) HELP with toddler!!!!!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

How long does the dad have him… is it weekends or more irregular than that?

Post # 5
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Talk to his father.  You guys need to get on the same page sooner rather than later.  You need to set up ground rules for bed times and such so that it is easier on not only you, but you child as well. 

Post # 7
2765 posts
Sugar bee

Yah talking is definitely key!  Maybe it’d be helpful to see a therapist who specializes in working with parents who are sharing custody?

Post # 8
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe you can “talk” with his father via e-mail? I have a friend who does not get along with her ex, but is able to communicate with him fairly OK via e-mail correspondance.

I guess you may not get truthful statements out of him, but perhaps you can suggest coming up with a schedule that you both use. Maybe pretend leveling with him saying that you are struggling with discipline, and if he can suggest discipline tactics that you can both use. Maybe from there say those are great, claim that you came up with a few more, stress that you realize that he needs consistency, ask can we both be consistent with toddler? Tell him that you will pack a few of toddler baby’s favorite books so they can read them before bed as a part of his routine?This may not work, but thought is that he will not respond well if he thinks that you are attacking his parenting skills, but respond to flattery although it’s not real!

I also agree that maybe a family counselor may help you out.

Post # 9
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If his father is being uncooperative, the only thing that you can do is create a schedule at your home that doesn’t change. If bath time is supposed to be at 7 then get him in the bath at 7. If bed time is at 8 then get him in bed at 8. If he is kicking and screaming, so be it. Just keep putting him back to bath or bed. Eventually, he will get the idea. It may take some time, but if you don’t give in to the child’s demands by driving him around for 2 hours or in other ways, he will get the hang of the schedule. Children need schedules. If he kicks and screams, set him down and you get down to his eye level; don’t loom over him, and talk to him. Let him know that what he is doing is not good behavior and that he needs to relax because you aren’t going anywhere and neither is he. If he is acting out, find a place in your home that can be used as a time out area. Give him the talk and make him do the time out for 2 minutes. One minute for each year. If he gets up, put him back and start the time over. You may want to get a timer for this. Eventually, he will get the idea and start behaving. Kids are smarter than adults sometime give them credit for. He is taking advantage of the change when he comes back home. He knows that his leaving upsets you and that you do not get along with his dad. Just show him the love that I know you have for him and try to stay as calm as you can. Walk away if you start to get frustrated. Then go back to finish. You and your fiance have to do this together, so that everyone is on the same page.

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