Everett is going through a phase (I hope) where he is very very rude to me. His constant phrases are "mommy, you are being mean" "you aren't nice to me" "I don't like you mommy" He will say these things while I am doing something for him, like getting him a drink or food, or taking him someplace fun. I'm not sure he understands what he's saying, but it was terribly embarassing when he said those things during Dalton's birthday party (while I was getting him his food). I don't know really what to do, because if I punish him for saying it, then I do become mean. I put him in time out and we had a discussion about how when he says unkind things it makes me sad and that I do lots of things for him because I love him. I told him that if he says anything like that to me again he will get more time outs. I REALLY hope this stage is shortlived. I think the only reason I haven't heard "I hate you" is because we don't use the word hate.
Please tell me somebody else is going through this or has gone through it, and how did you handle it besides riding it out.
It didn't occur to me what a problem was until people reacted to him saying it during the party.