When and how did my four year old get his attitude? I never knew that at this age an attitude could develop as it has. Man oh man I have we have our work cut out for us. It seems as though everything we do makes CJ angry and he lets us know. “Mom you’re making me angry, mom I am so mad at you”, “you’re a jerk”, “idiot”, “I’m thinking a bad word”…and I am sure it will get more interesting as he gets older.
This morning was one of those mornings with CJ. I was trying to leave the house for work and take him and Cal to daycare, but CJ didn’t want to wake up and go. So he was crying and trying to stop me from guiding him through the hall…kind of like a cat not wanting to go in the carrier – I’m sure you can imagine it. Then he continued with the words. I handled his discipline for the morning, but it certainly wasn’t a way to start the morning.
After work we had to stop at the grocery store and his attitude resurfaced. He wanted to buy a dvd and I said no as we were standing in line checking out. I raised my voice with him to let him know I was serious and that he needed to cut it out, but he proceeded and I forcefully told him to sit down and stop talking. He didn’t and started to say “Mommy I hate you and you’re an idiot”, so I gave him a light tap to the mouth to get his attention nothing hard and he stopped. The older woman in front of me looked at me and I apologized if I offended her. Her response was that she appreciated it because nowadays you don’t see enough disciplining occurring. In all honestly, I truly don’t care if I offend anyone because it’s my child and I need to ensure that he talks to adults appropriately and respectfully now. But seriously where does this attitude come from?