Your 6-year-old now
Be firm about what you do expect. If "whatever" isn't an acceptable response to a request, make sure he knows it. If he continues to say it, follow through on whatever consequences you've discussed.
When everyone has calmed down, discuss the disrespect. Let him know you can see that he's upset, but calling you "poophead" isn't going to solve anything. See if you can get to the bottom of his frustration. Maybe he won't get the mail for you because he's afraid of the neighbor's dog. Walk him through more productive ways to handle his fear. Role-play what he could have said ("I'm scared Mrs. Smith's dog will bite me") and try to come up with a workable solution together.
Your life now
Looking to cut down on toxic cleaning substances around your home? Try some alternatives:
- Lemon juice: Cleans glass, bleaches when used in sunlight
- Vinegar: Dissolves grease, deodorizes, polishes some metals
- Baking soda: Deodorizes, extinguishes flames, softens fabric, even works as toothpaste
- Borax: Inhibits mold growth, removes stains, can kill cockroaches
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