Three's are worse than two's!!!!

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Registered: 10-17-2008
Three's are worse than two's!!!!
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Sun, 01-17-2010 - 5:34pm
My son is three now, been potty trained since he was 2 because we had one on the way and I refused to have two in diapers. So, the 2's were trying because he was being two but the 3's are making me psychotic. He is full of "I don't want to" and "no it's not". Every time you tell him ANYTHING he says "no it's not" and he does not listen. We have practiced every kind of discipline you could imagine and we are just short of ripping our hair out!!! He doesn't have tantrums but I'm starting to think it might be an attention thing because our daughter is 9months. I try to include him in everything from changing her diaper to helping her learn about toys and even in my activities like cooking or cleaning. He is with my husband almost all day everyday seeing as how he's not working and I have to work 50+ hours a week to make ends meet but I wonder if it's because I'm not there all the time or what. I just don't know and it's not just at home it also happens at my mom's house......there have been times where my dad has called and asked me to some and get him because he's just too much. Is this normal and what else can I do?
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Registered: 04-28-2005
Sun, 01-17-2010 - 6:54pm

We found the same thing when DS turn 3, he was aweful! We had a behavioural therapist involved because of his feeding issues, but we asked her about his acting out and such.

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Registered: 01-18-2010
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 10:29am

This doesn't bode well.


My son is 2 months away from the big 3, and everybody I've talked to said 3 is much worse than 2 for the same reasons you mentioned.

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Registered: 11-08-2007
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 1:52pm
You're not alone! At least you can take comfort in that! :) My DD turned 3 in November but I swear she's an early bloomer...she was acting like that about 4 months prior to being 3. I was petrified because I knew with a new baby she'd have her world turned upside down. We tried everything! Behavior charts seemed to work the best but it became such a pain to carry a chart everywhere! Time outs didn't do a thing but turn her into a monster. We even tried spanking but that didn't work either. Then one day out of the blue she told me, "mommy I'm not crying!" I told her it was because she's such a big girl and that she knows how to use her words instead of crying. It was like a switch-all of a sudden she was a different girl! Now when she starts getting crabby I remind her of how big she is and tell her how proud I am of her and how she can use her words and she just snaps out of it. These guys go through phases and just remember that it will eventually pass! GL and KUP!!!
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