There seems to be a curse that when a child turns 4, his or her behavior changes overnight. One minute they are sweet, loving, adorable, well mannered children. The next minute, they are little monsters. My son’s attitude has changed drastically in the past few months. I can say he has quite the attitude sometimes.
Today was a good day. He was very sweet, except when he barged into my room and woke me up demanding that I open a cheese packet. Fortunately, he did not throw a fit this time when I said “no”. I don’t get enough sleep as it is and when I awaken to the sound of demands, it is not fun. My daughter of course slept in on the day my son woke me up.
My son’s attitude has been awful lately. Talking back to me and even other adults. Of course, I discipline him. I demand that he apologizes, and I explain what he did wrong. I think it is important to discuss with your children why you are disciplining them. I don’t always fall in the camp “because I said so”. I feel that it is important to discipline and explain why you are upset than to always just assume the child understands.
I will admit that I had no idea that a precious 4 year old could have such an attitude sometimes. I thought it started in middle school. I really was clueless that it could start so young. Unfortunately, my daughter already has demonstrated some dive like qualities. She will be 18 months tomorrow.