In the event of a full melt down I take him to his room and sit and wait for him to be calm enough to talk about it. In the event of 'i dont like you, dont look at me etc' I leave him to it.
**Mum, Dad, Big boy (Dec 08) and Baby girl (Feb 11)**
Ifit is any comfort to those of you with 3yos who have just 'flipped a switch' and turned into crazed monsters, DD went through about two weeks just before and over Christmas where she was a hellcat. Very similar to the behaviours you have described.
We were completely at a loss because she had previously been quite delightful as a rule.
Anyway, it seems it was just a development thing and she came out the other side - much to our relief. I don't know if it was sensory, mental or physical or a combination, but it obviously affected her.
Hope this is the case for you too, OP.
Dd2 is just like that, she has always been difficult though. We have major screaming meltdowns most days, she will even tell me she is "going to Big W to get a new Mum". Ouch.
2yr old tantys are just the warm up - 3's are so much worse.
My 2 yr old already displays this behavior so I can only imagine what I'm in for.
Great advice though Pregnor, gentle talking and removing him from the situation is already helping. His meltdowns can get pretty bad
Just as a side thought, whilst it is common wouldn't hurt to check for worms.
My DS could be cantankerous at times too
Mo Chlann, mo Ghra', mo chuid den Tsaol