Is it normal 3 year old behaviour to be having meltdowns over minor things?
I feel like DS just cries and whinges ALL THE TIME!!
I feel like I'm constantly walking on egg shells to not upset him
He's stopped having day sleeps and in his daycare days he's just a nightmare! Cries and screams and gets so upset about silly things
He can be so particular!
Please tell me I'm not alone
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23-07-2014 19:27 #1
3 year old
23-07-2014 19:31 #2
Uh, yep. Have you heard the term "threenager"?? We had no problems with so-called Terrible Twos but 3 has been a challenge!
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23-07-2014 19:31 #3
Not alone at all.
Mr 3.5 is delightful one minute and an angry roaring emotional wreck the next!
I'm hoping it's a phase! It's not very pleasant at all some days. I find loads of exercise helps, and not too much tv seems to help as well (which is a bugger cause it's really useful when I'm trying to deal with the 18 month old as well!)
23-07-2014 19:32 #4
Ds1 is 3 in September and yep every day It's the same Although he still naps 2 hours a day so I have that time to recoup. But within 5 minutes of him waking It's back to the same old tears and tantrums over everything. I had to just walk away and cry in the bedroom for a bit today because I just had it with him.
No advice sorry just letting you know you aren't alone xo
23-07-2014 19:34 #5
Yup totally. I have found 3's waaaaaaaay worse then 2's for sure.
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24-07-2014 08:31 #9
What a relief to read this thread! Definitely not alone OP. My 3.5yo is so particular about every and if things don't go exactly the way he thinks they should he has a meltdown (has been like this since 1.5). I've been thinking about starting a thread a few times to guage whether it's 'normal' or not (my gut feeling is he's perfectly normal, just an emotional little being). It feels like he is 3 going on 13. He's often very moody, bossy and sulky. He can also be really delightful and funny, it's just a bit of Russian roulette as to what mood you're going to wake up to in the morning. We're currently going through a phase where he will scream and cry at me every morning because DH is not home when he wakes up and he wanted to say good-bye. And I know the walking on egg-shells feeling! If I try to praise him for doing something really well or say 'wasn't that a lot of fun!' or whatever, he'll often just give me a dirty look and say 'no' with a hand up in my face - can't win
I just try to reason, reason, reason with him, negotiate and explain why things sometimes are the way they are (which is not the way he thinks they should be). It's pretty tiring, but I find acknowledging he's feeling frustrated, angry etc and talking lots about it he comes out of his mood quicker than the 'suck it up that's the way life is' attitude.
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24-07-2014 08:45 #10
Yep! DS is 3.5 and he had a meltdown because the
-chips he wanted to eat (he eats all the time) are yellow.
-his jacket doesn't have zips
-he wanted me to peel a certain mandarin even though they all look the same
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