3 sucks. 4 sucks as well.
im praying improve now he's almost 5 lol
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17-04-2015 10:16 #11Senior Member
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17-04-2015 15:10 #12
I feel your pain. DS will be 3 on Tuesday and he can be such a little ratbag at times. It's more exhausting that ages 1 and 2 for sure. I'm almost regretting teaching him to speak, LOL.
17-04-2015 15:13 #13
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17-04-2015 15:34 #15
He's just turned 3. And he get so wild I half expect him to grow an extra head and announce he's a demon.
DH and I are united. He forgets and says oh sorry and quickly switches the tv off but by then that's akin to snatching a bone from a dog.
He's no longer sleeping during the day. This stopped a few weeks ago. It was something that he slowly grew out of. However, I will make it a point to get him into more outside activity. Maybe a force march of 10km or something....
He's turned into a turd. Lol. I mean I love him to death but he used to be so affectionate and sparkly eyed. Now he just throws things and yells (I remain even voiced at all times) if he wants to communicate.
We do the bedtime routine and it was never an issue before. Now it's WW3.
Still puzzled but at least I'm not alone!
17-04-2015 16:10 #16
I've heard this a lot from parents of three year olds, it's certainly not abnormal!
While it's nice to have something simple and concrete like hormones to attribute the change in behaviour to, the testosterone surge hypothesis is a bit of myth - there's no empirical evidence to support this. So it's more likely due to other developmental changes and external factors causing conflict. For example, it could be something like an increased desire for autonomy and frustration at being unable to achieve or express that.
(Just a guess, I don't have a 3-4 year old yet)
10-05-2015 14:12 #17
Just a post by way of update.
It's been a few weeks now and I have been RIGID with the night routine. I felt like I was training for a fight with Mayweather at times but I persisted. The first two weeks were OMG...awful.
But now we are down to 9pm which is still a little late in my view but HE GOES TO BED without an Academy Award winning drama.
I started taking things off him by way of punishment for pegging things. Only for 5-10 minutes. But I am firm amid the protests. It works! He's learning to talk rather than scream and throw things when he gets frustrated.
TV overall has been whittled down to two hours a day.
Intermittent snacking has stopped. The meals are all on time (which was a stretch for me given that I am time challenged but I got a calendar and I got organised...which I'm kinda still getting over )
I have asked that he not be allowed to sleep for an hour at childcare. He is given 20 minutes instead and a lighter blanket.
The horns have receded and Mr 3 is acting human again.
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