MarkB's picture

My 2 1/2 year old

Our 2 1/2 year old son is sometimes mean to both mom and dad.  We could ask him a question and one time he would answer you in a nice tone or another time he would yell at you to go away, or get away from him etc...  He might be sitting on the sofa watching tv and if you go to sit next to him he would yell at you to go away and not to sit next to him.  This is our first child so we are hoping that this is normal terrible 2's. 

He sleeps fine, in bed by 7 p.m and most days sleeps till at least 7 a.m.  He is or can also be mean to his grandparents as well.  However, he has never had a problem with his babysitter who he has been going to since he was 6 months old. 

When he is mean to us we try and tell him that it is not nice to talk that way to anybody and if it continues he will have to take a time out.  We generally put him on a naughty step for about 20 seconds.  When we do put him on the step he wil instantly start crying and screaming.  

He is very advanced for his age, can talk like a 6 year old, can say the alphabet, pick out letters, and can spell certain words.  We are just hoping that although he is advanced in certain things, that he is just having normal 2 1/2 year old behavior. 

Anyone have any suggestions. PLEASE HELP!

acitez's picture

Look directly in his eyes and gently rephrase the mean things he says. To say "don't talk that way" doesn't teach him the way to talk, and he won't learn from observing because little kids are self-centered.

EasyTherMac's picture

yea I'm sure its the age!! just dont give up on him he needs to know u still care

concerned mom's picture
concerned mom

I agree w/ the others. It's probably just an age thing. It's great, though, that your son's doing so well otherwise. Hang in there. Just one thing to add: I used to be a nanny, so I know how important consistency and communication between parents and caregiver is. Make sure you're all on the same pg when it comes to disciplining your son. If not, he will learn to manipulate one guardian over another, and that's not a good thing.