Over the last week, Grey has become UNBEARABLY naughty. I don't know what to do!
He is constantly, hitting, hurting, head-butting, and otherwise attacking his brother. He spends all day climbing on to furniture like the bookshelf, the kitchen table, the tv stand, and the counters and then throwing everything off the bookshelf, the kitchen table, the tv stand, and the counters. If Micah tries to climb up and join him, he pushes his brother over the side! It's driving me crazy!
He turns and looks me in the eye before throwing full bowls of food on the floor. He hits and kicks, and screams like a banshee if he isn't given what he wants, and immediately. And he refuses, refuses to have his diaper changed, but squirms and rolls and screams until there is poop everywhere.
And apparently, there is no punishing him.
Saying (or even yelling) "No," is ignored, and if I try to explain or speak to him, it's usually while I'm being head butted.
Spankings are hilarious to him, and I think I would have to hit him a lot harder than I'm comfortable with for him to even notice. *
Time out? A JOKE. He sits in time out and laughs his head off. He'll sit in there for 15 minutes, because I tell myself, "He can just stay in there until he feels some remorse." Not happening, folks.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. HE IS A MONSTER.
I feel bad for our neighbors, because I'm pretty sure that all they hear, all day long, is Grey screaming, Micah crying because Grey hurt him, and me yelling "GREY, absolutely not! Get off the table right now!"
We play outside almost all day. We do puzzles. We read stories. We run around and go on walks and explore. We play with friends.
It's not like he's being cooped up and forced to burn energy by breaking off the ends of all the blinds!
Help me, Mamas! I don't know what to do about him!
*A few words on spanking: I was spanked as a child, and I think I turned out okay. I didn't grow up to resent or hate my parents, and even as a child - I usually knew that I deserved being spanked.
I wasn't paddled. I wasn't whipped. I wasn't bent bare-bottomed over my dad's knee. But every once and awhile I got a swift smack to the butt. No permanent harm done.
I know that it is an absurdly taboo thing to admit to doing these days, but sometimes, when I just don't know how else to handle the maniacs that are my children, I give them a spanking.
And then, just to piss me off even more, they usually laugh hysterically and try to get me to spank them some more.
So. I don't think that it's doing them any damage, and I don't want you to accuse me of abuse, deal? Deal. Thank you.