Needing advice on how to parent my 5 year old

I’m at my wit’s end. My 5-year-old son is out of control. We have tried everything under the sun to discipline him to try to get him to understand that being destructive is not ok. Every time I turn around he is breaking something, not listening, and just flat out being defiant. For example, just this afternoon, he thought it would be ok to hang from the towel rack in my bathroom and to cause it to break, and his fly backward into my shower and cracking the glass door. He then gets up and just keeps climbing and jumping around even after just injuring himself. I need advice moms, cause I can’t keep doing this anymore.

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I have a couple thoughts. First I would talk to the pediatrician about any possible ADD/ADHD issues. Also, my son who just turned 8, has Autism and he went through a really bad climbing stage. One of his Autism issues is having no fear or safety factor. He always has to have eyes on him.

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You need to take that kid to the doctor because that isn’t typical

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Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) it’s a life saver!

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Wear him out. Go do stuff. Go to the park. Enroll him in an activity. Something.

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Maybe you need to have an evaluation done by a psychologist. My now 6yr old was very destructive, mean etc we found out he has adhd, impulsive control issues and a whole list of other things going on. (He is my bonus child)

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Doesn’t sound like he acts out of anger. He sounds bored. Try providing him with challenges. There’s tons of ideas on line. Crafts, activities, obstacle courses etc. Find his interests.

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I’d take him to get evaluated. If he has anything they can show you how to handle it properly. It’ll take stress off you in the long run and help him as well in the long run.

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What if you asked your pediatrician about a behavioral specialist… they might be able to help you and your son?

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Prevention. Don’t allow him in places he’s not allowed. Put away things he can break.

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How about bust his ass

I agree with having him evaluated but beyond that all I can say is hold on to your ass and know it eventually gets better. I’ve raised 3 sons and every single day I thought they would kill me. We still don’t have nice things because my youngest are 8&9.

Is he getting his energy out? Able to run around outside, ride his bike…

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Can you buy something for him to climb on or take him to park?

And lock the bathroom from outside with a catch he can’t reach. Good luck

My son is 5. He did this exact thing for 2-3 years. I was at my wits end… took him to his pediatrician who sent us to a behavioral psychiatrist. Turns out he has adhd, odd, ocd and bipola… maybe check your child evaluated

If it’s not a medical problem then maybe you need to take him out all day and wear him out… No tv or devices

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He might need some medication…sounds like he’s too wound up

Also no sugar and healthy foods

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Definitely see a dr. Behavior disorder, with adhd

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Sounds like he’s bored or trying to get your attention.

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