Right now I am taking a Mommy Time Out. Here is my dilemma:
Chase is doing great in school, but is using up all his good behavior on his teachers. He is coming home, and causing every kind of trouble he can cause from 2:30-6:00. He is swiping things off counter tops, taking toys from the other kids, pushing Gavin down, pulling Gavin's shirt, throwing his cup, throwing his food, throwing his toys, throwing the blocks.
I've tried time outs, natural consequences, and even a swat on the butt. Reward systems don't work for him yet. He doesn't have the ability to understand that concept yet. I try to positively reinforce the good behavior, but it seems like the positive stuff during the afternoons is very VERY rare.
I hate this. I hate that I don't see him all day, and when I do, he is acting like a hellion, and then I am disciplining him all afternoon. And not only that, poor Guy Guy is being beat up. So frustrating.
I know he is overtired. He hardly ever naps at school, and when he gets home, he refuses to go down. I left him in his room today for about a half hour, and he played for a while and then started beating the door with a Little Person.
So, short of serving dinner at 3pm and putting him to bed at 4, what do I do? Drugs? Alcohol? Get a nanny from 2:30-6 every day? Is anyone else having this problem? Is it 'normal' for him to need a 2 hour nap every day still? Halp!