I hate being the bad guy. I don’t spank if I can help it. My child is a dream for the most part and I normally never have to go either place.
Lately though we’ve been having issues with my son. Nothing major but little issues just the same. It’s got to be hard to be in his brain. He’s 5 years old and is like a little man. He can do multiplication, addition, and had logical reasoning better than some adults. He’s extremely mature, but I have to keep in mind that emotionally he’s still FIVE.
Lately he’s not been listening, and he’s adding in back talking. I know this is part of his age. Learning to test his boundaries and grow his wings, but still needing a parent. I know I have to stick to the rules and not back down or he’ll run over us. BUT I hate this discipline part.
I hate having to put him in a time out and hear him telling me ‘I’m mean’ and ‘he’s going to find different parents’.
Ten minutes later everything is fine and he’s back to his normal loving self…but dealing with hearing those things hurts. I don’t let it show that it hurts though b/c I have to stay calm and level. I don’t feel like I did a very good job of parenting today.