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    Yes - 3 year old's can be a challenge! I think first we must reaffirm ourselves as parents that we are doing our best and trying to meet our child's needs. For my 3 year old, he enjoys spending time rough housing each day with me. It helps him get his energy out and be aggressive - I think of it as how lion cubs play and learn...so I try to make time each day for this since my wife isn't such a big fan of "fighting" with him.

    Other suggestions would be spending time one-on-one with him, getting him involved in some sort of sport or activity where he can use some of the aggression, and of course setting limits. In cases where my son starts lashing out, I try "playing" back. He tries to hit and I counter...or pretend to be horribly injured and really do an over the top reaction. Sometimes it turns into peals of laughter - at least the best of the times. Kids seem to really enjoy role-reversal, where they are the strong ones or are in charge and we are weak. Although this is not an option all the time, a few times in a day can really improve your connection with them.

    Of course professional help is always a good option - hope you are able to get some help. Good luck and strength to all of you fellow 3 year old Mamas and Papas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisaandshaun View Post
    i am tired of being the parent with the naughty rough child.
    You aren't that parent. I save that title for the mum of the kid who waved a knife in E's face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    The other thing I've found is that if ds1 eats salty snacks eg shapes biscuits, he goes off his rocker. Not sure if that's anything useful to know or not.
    All but two (Pizza and Savoury) flavours of shapes have 600 numbers (flavour enhancers aka MSG). They send my DD off her trolley, along with a whole list of packaged savoury foods. It's not a hard one to eliminate though so I'd give it a go. She is ok with "extracts" which also contain D-glutamic acid (same as msg, different to L-glutamic acid found naturally in mushrooms etc). I can only put this down to dosage, that they are not as concentrated as refined MSG. However some kids react to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    All but two (Pizza and Savoury) flavours of shapes have 600 numbers (flavour enhancers aka MSG). They send my DD off her trolley, along with a whole list of packaged savoury foods. It's not a hard one to eliminate though so I'd give it a go. She is ok with "extracts" which also contain D-glutamic acid (same as msg, different to L-glutamic acid found naturally in mushrooms etc). I can only put this down to dosage, that they are not as concentrated as refined MSG. However some kids react to both.
    Thanks for that.

    I knew that was the case but didn't know the specifics of it.

    I'll let my mum know, she's a sucker for buying it for them (along with other msg foods), unknowingly of course.

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    Yeah last time DD had an issue was when nan dished her up "just crackers and cheese", all fine except the crackers were chicken crimpies!!!

    Like I said though, I don't find it too hard the avoid, especially as you can just scan the ingredients for numbers starting in 6 rather than having to read every word.

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    so E has just broken our TV and now our lounge room window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisaandshaun View Post
    so E has just broken our TV and now our lounge room window.
    OMG

    OP, that is fairly extreme behaviour.

    Definitely see your GP for a referral to a paed. I wouldn't wait any longer to see if his behaviour comes good - take action now.


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    Off the topic.... What foods can cause bad behaviour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafsika View Post
    Off the topic.... What foods can cause bad behaviour?
    Salicylates can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Salicylates can.
    This is true for so many people


 

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