I am so torn by saddness and the need to straighten out my son. He is a 5 yr old middle child that often times obeys me half way. If I am in the room when he does this it makes me crazy. I just want to yell at him or spank him on the spot. Most of the time I have the willpower to control myself and disipline him in love with a time out, loss of privledges or spanking but honestly nothing seems to work. Tonight was a case in point that I just couldn't believe. He had been grounded to the back porch for disobeying. I had let him in while I was empting the fish tank. I told him to NOT play behind the couch as the fishes were on the floor in a bowl. Well upon my return from the front yard he tells me he went behind the couch but didn't knock over the fish. I had just told him not too. I had told him he would be grounded to the porch for the week if he knocked over the fish and would have no special days with mom. Why would he flaunt his ability to disobey?
My husband says I have put up with this behavior long enough, that he is manipulating me. What am i to do? To top it off I am pregnant.