Or do I have a special one?? I just can't entertain him every minute of every day. It's seriously damaging our relationship because most of the time I can't stand to be near him with the endless haranguing.
He must be within 2 metres of me at all times, follows me around the house like a shadow so I literally bump into him all the time.
The few times he IS managing to play quite happily with lego or playdoh (I must be very close by for this to happen), as soon as I leave the room he drops everything and comes with me (whinging and complaining the whole way).
Endlessly asks me to play with him - refuses to do anything without my DIRECT interaction. If I'm washing up for example will stand and just whinge at me even though he has a massive play area in the same room with many toys.
I realise it sounds like he's desperate for attention and he does seem to be but there's nothing I can do that appeases him. I try to do lots of positive attention with him but it's just never enough for him. I can play with him one-on-one for an hour but then as soon as I need to do something else the whingeing and trouble-making/attention-seeking behaviour starts IMMEDIATELY. And I must admit I get sick of making efforts to play interesting things with him because his behaviour is just so exhausting.
This has been steadily getting worse for the past 9 months (started several months before his baby brother arrived).
Am I expecting too much?? I mean I would have thought by 3.5 I could expect a decent amount of independent play?? He goes to kindy which he seems to love and do really well at but it's only a 5 day fortnight.
So do you have a 3 year old like mine??!?! How do you survive??