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My son will be 4 next month and since before he was 3 he has been out of control! I don't know what to do! Please HELP!

I am a single mother and my son is about to be 4. Although his behavior has gotten worse and worse since before he was 3! I have tried everything like taking things away, no sweets, timeouts, the corner, talking to him, and even spanking! Nothing is working and I am going insane! I work from home so I know it's not that he doesn't get attention and we go do things that I think he will enjoy, but lately I have stopped because his behavior is so bad! When he gets in trouble he just laughs at me or he yells at me and tells me that I am mean or he hates me. He is supposed to start school this year and I'm afraid that I will be getting calls from the teacher on the first day! I've spoken to his Dr about it and she seems to think that he may be ADHD. When I bring him around other kids or adults he is very mean and hits, kicks, bites, throws things, and deliberately tries to hurt them. He then argues with me that he did it because they (the other people) were about to do something that he didn't like. He tries to argue with me everyday about everything but I just walk away and then he will start destroying the house. He also does not listen to ANYONE and it is a constant battle with him and I'm out of options. PLEASE HELP!

Amommythatwantstostopcryingherselftosleep
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Jun 17, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

If you and your doctor believe that your son maybe ADHD then it might be best to have him tested so that you have a proper diagnoses, and then can start to develop a plan of action.

http://www.parenting.org/article/adhd-tips-and-adhd-help
http://www.parenting.org/article/addressing-problem-behavior-effectively
http://www.parenting.org/article/positive-consequences-linking-rewards-acceptable-behavior

We have included several articles of our website that you might find helpful.

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