How to react when ss4 cries for BM whenever he gets into trouble at our house
ss4 started this new thing a few months ago where he cries for BM whenever SO or I try to discipline him or tell him to do something he doesn't want to do. He cries for BM when he's asked to brush his teeth, go to bed, sleep in his bed instead of ours, when he's asked to eat his dinner, when he gets time out, when he's told he can't watch another episode of Diego, when he's told no when he asked to be picked up, when he gets in trouble for hitting his ss3, etc..
When ss4 first started doing this SO would say "Mama's not here muchkin", then gives him a hug, comforted him and showered him with attention. Me on the other than when he asks for BM, I would walk out of the room. After two months of that, SO and I talked and agreed to ignore him whenever he cries for BM, hoping he will stop that behavior if we ignore it.
That seem to not be working either. In the last 3 hours he's cried for her at least a dozen times. It's getting on my nerves and frankly I'm getting sick of it.
I understand that it's normal for kids to want their mother but in ss4's case, it's only when he doesn't get his way. I know he's only 4 but I feel like he's being manipulative.
How should SO and I handle this? Any advice/suggestions is greatly appreciated.