What a surprise! Right? Is it too much to expect him to welcome his little brother into our household with open arms (after false promises of playing with him) AND share ALL of his toys?
Yes, it is.
See because they were HIS toys first. I get that. “He won’t share.” I get that too. “He took it first.” Yep, get that. And my favorite, “I’m a big boy, he’s not,”
Well, he does have some points. As an only child, I can admit that I would have probably of stabbed you in the eyes if you tried to take away my toys.
Is it fair? No! What can I do?
After all, I did tell him that if he didn’t like his brother when he came home from the hospital we could return him (another white lie).
It is so draining to constantly tell your child to stop snatching toys away from his little brother. He has no interest in the toy until his brother picks it up. I know this is normal. I was warned. But it is so aggravating!
But what I have learned is that it will NEVER stop. Unless someone’s going to get hurt, I really need to let them work it out themselves. I do the “if you don’t stop fighting over the cars, I will have to take them away” threat. Sometimes it works. Especially if I count (without yelling and no emotion). But it is always a struggle and there is no special potion to make it stop. Consistency is key.
Parenting Boot Camp
So I came across this great video by Kelly Stout-Hutcheson. She has a Parenting Boot Camp 2016 page where she posts videos on parenting. But she had me at Beachbody. Her no nonsense, 5 minute, logical approach (as opposed to my emotional “why can’t you just listen?! plea) to parenting attracts parents from all over and keeps them coming back to her YouTube page for more.
Check out her Facebook Page HERE