Marie_lm14
Hello me and my partner are having a hard time dealing with our 4 year old son at the moment over the last 6 months he has been so hard to handle he has a really bad problem listening to anything we say or anything anyone says he's constantly lying and stealing not matter how many times we tell him not to take things that aren't his he still does it he's now starting to take things from shops that he wants wants instead of asking for it ( the item gets put back before leaving the store ) we can't take him anywhere with out him causing a fuss we have tried so many things time outs taking away his toys praise for good behavior hes starting to hit and tell us he doesn't wanna be with us anymore and it brakes my heart thinking I don't know what I'm doing and now my son doesn't wanna be around me and he's only 4 I really need some advice thank you 
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling situation. It may just be a phase he's going through, pushing boundaries, but he may also not understand why these things aren't allowed. Perhaps you could explain to him in the simplest of terms why these things are not okay, you could also try to ask him what's going on with him, if anything has changed and why he's doing these things. If you feel that his behaviour is extreme, you could discuss it with your GP. You may find it helpful to read our articles on childhood behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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