Preschooler with Authority Issues


We have a 4.5 year old son who has issues with authority. We had followed ticket system in the past (when he was 3) for several different issues, all worked through with ticket system, so we suspended use. Lately, authority issues have come back with a vengeance. We brought back the ticket system, focused on 2 things 1. Not obeying parents/teacher and 2. Backtalk/saying no. We are in the early stages of "it will get worse before it gets better". His room has been stripped of everything, he is down to a mattress on the floor, with a pillow. He is presently serving a week long suspension in his room, getting out for school, church, and meals, for an amazingly terrible episode of screaming at his teacher at school. We are doing all we can, we have even been letting his sisters get extra privileges because there is really nothing left we can take away from him to lead him to wanting to change. I know to stay the course, which we are committed to doing, but oh boy, he is a strong tester. My question is, what do we do when he comes out of his room, sneaks toys into his room, backtalks, etc while he is serving his sentence? If we continue to extend time past the week he is serving for the original offense, this kid will not get out of his room until high school!

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