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    Default 3 year old behaviour...

    I am really starting to get worried about DD, I suppose it is because she is coming up to her 3rd birthday and I just assume she should be acting a little less trying at her age....the main behaviours I am having issues with;
    • Whining (noises) instead for talking (using words) when she wants something or cant have something
    • prefering to drink out of her sipply cup rather then a cup
    • preferring to use her hands for eating
    • being difficult at bath time, washing hair, brushing teeth, drying and dressing is a nightmare!
    • has issues staying seated at the dinner room table
    These behaviours are not all the night but there is they all appear everyday. We are quite strict with her, she needs to do whatever or she is in timeout, I usually count to 3 but it doesn't seem to be stopping the behaviour...is this normal for a 3 year old.

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    I've got bad news for you, my DS got worse as he turned 3, and worse AGAIN at 4. In fact at 5 he can be a real little turd, lol. He was an angel at 2, oh how easy it was when all he did was throw a cute little tanty

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    Sounds pretty normal to me. I found the 3 year old stage MUCH MUCH worse than the 2 year old stage and now I am in the 4 year old stage and I am finding it even worse again.

    DS2 is entering the "terrible twos" and it still seems so much easier then what I know is going to come. The older they get they find different ways to test you.

    Although each child is different.

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    Agree with others, so far 3 has been much worse with my pair than 2.
    They seem to test the boundaries more to see just how much they can get away with, and the attitudes that go with it!
    Fingers crossed it settles soon.

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    Thanks guys the fact that it seems to be 'normal' behaviour is enough to calm my nerves. It sure is hard work but I just want to make sure there isn't something I could be doing to make this stage easier for her to move through. I know it is just a struggle for identity and indepence. I will just keep going through the motions and teaching her as best I can...

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    Theres no such thing as normal dear, your loved one sounds fine

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    I think she sounds normal. Maybe just stress less. If she wants a sippy cup...that is fine as long as she is drinking. I don't think many three year olds need perfect table manners...give her finger food if she wants to eat with her hands. Make life easier. I had a boss who used to pave a pathway where kids were treading a dirt pathway through a grassy area/garden. I think of that often when parenting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I've got bad news for you, my DS got worse as he turned 3, and worse AGAIN at 4. In fact at 5 he can be a real little turd, lol. He was an angel at 2, oh how easy it was when all he did was throw a cute little tanty
    Hollywood my dd is the same.

    futureherder your dd sounds completely normal for a nearly 3 yr old.

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    I dunno, everything you mentioned could be a sign of sensory issues, basically sounds exactly like my little one. And he has many.

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    Sounds like typical 3 year old behaviour.
    Isn't there a saying that goes something like 'terrible 2's, f-in 3's, fantastic 4's'? It's a month until DD is 4 but so far the saying has been right on for me, 3 has been quite difficult but now we are at the tail end of it DD is much more pleasant.


 

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