I don’t mean to sound like an ungrateful parent. I really don’t. When I complain about my kids, I know with my heart there are parents out there who are in worse situations. But man, we are in the thick of it.
We always knew our son was more physical than our daughter. He pulled hair more. He threw more things. He hit more. But he always showed this sweet and sensitive side.
Like, he’d hit you and immediately tell you he was sorry with a hug.
That was two. I thought two was the worst. With our daughter, two was the worst. The day she turned three, it was like the heavens opened up and gave us a new, nicer, calmer child.
But this is not our daughter.
And guys? I am at the end of my rope.
He’s still not 100% potty trained.
He still hits, throws and slaps – though, he is much more apologetic afterwards, so there’s that.
He runs off from me in parking lots and has total disregard for anything I say.
At school, every day he has an incident report about how he’s hit another child. Pushed a child to the ground and hit the child’s head (!!???!!). Or has just, in general, not been “nice with his hands.”
I don’t know what the deal is. Sure, he’s a little hell bat at home, but never that aggressive. We do notice that when he is separated from his sister, he is much calmer, nicer, sweeter… but jeez.
Is he not getting enough sleep? Is he eating too much sugar? Is something really wrong with my child?
Or is he just a 3-year-old boy with bad behavior at daycare?
We’ve started talking about his behavior with him more and more, and we are trying to reward his good behavior with positive reinforcement. I may have to go the reward/sticker chart route, but right now I am just too angry/upset to get crafty over bad behavior.
Why is three worse than two?
I am tired, you guys. I am tired of being punished by a 3-year-old tyrant on a daily basis. I am at a breaking point and I am getting beat down.
What should I do? When will it get better?
(Yes, this is a shameless cry for help)
Please send wine.