My son will be 4 in February. I just recently started staying home with him full-time. He has been really pushing his limits and trying to get away with stuff. And he hasn't been listening. I get so upset and sometimes feel like I lose it. Today, I told him to pick his blankets up from the floor so I could vacuum, and he said "nope". I kept asking him, and he kept saying "nope". So I told him that he could either sit in time out and then pick up his blankets, or pick them up right now. And he said "nope". So I put him in time out. He kept getting up and laughing and making it a game, so he got sent to his room. He had to stay in there for like 30 min. I went in and tried to talk to him about what he did wrong and he just screamed at me and wouldn't even look at me.

I feel like I am failing as his mom. I feel so horrible punishing him, even though I know it needs to be done. I feel like he thinks I don't like or love him, even though I tell him all the time. I am just getting so frustrated with him not listening and doing things I tell him not to.

I felt so horrible after today, I sat on the couch and cried. When DH got home, he tried to talk to DS, and he wouldn't even look at him! What am I doing wrong? Am I completely failing as a mother? Sorry this is so long, I am still upset about it all.