3 is such a crappy age, my eldest was just awful at 3, I cried at night a lot.
He's 5 now but I'm now gearing up for his strong willed brother and my 5 yo still chucks tanties in the shops,
I'm not above walking away and leaving him (this method does not work with my 2 yo though), If hes risking damaging things I put him in the trolley or I hold his arm firmly til he stops, sometimes this triggers a gigantic tantrum and I have to make him walk beside me, I tend to avoid shopping unless I only have one
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22-11-2015 21:25 #41Senior Member
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23-11-2015 15:27 #43
@harvs I thought of this thread todayas my DD spit water all over me which I've told her off for doing before. So I turned the TV off. She hit me, so I confiscated a toy. Then she decided it was a game so kept hitting me and her baby brother so I would hide stuff.
She's now in her room under orders to clean it if she wants her stuff back.
Basically I have no freakin idea what I am doing and I wish toddlers and preschoolers weren't so bloody hard.
I have to admit though, I found 3 really difficult and there was a period there where we didn't leave the house because it was hell for me and basically left with her kicking and screaming and me looking embarrassed trying to carry two kids out of a shopping centre, play centre, or the most embarrassing of all, old Parliament House. I did find she has got better the closer she got to four, although clearly she still has her moments now.
23-11-2015 16:03 #44Senior Member
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23-11-2015 16:57 #45Senior Member
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Picking your battles is up to the individual...so for me if I expected them to not touch the xmas tree, then they were going to learn it wasn't okay.
At the end of the day, we're all winging it...if currency works, use it. If cuddles work, use it. If your kid is doing something that you have reprimanded before, but this time you need to walk away and ignore it so you don't snap....then do that.
I am not a smacker, and I don't go for bribery....I find natural consequences to be the best way to teach my kids. Parenting is hard work. Don't be so hard on yourself.
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