Anyone else have moody little ones? First I should say we both have mental illness in our extended family--mother, fathers, etc.... so maybe we're just more worried.. please tell me this is normal!
My husband and I worry a little about our 3 year old. He's always been very sensitive. As a younger toddler he almost ALWAYS woke up screaming from naps or nighttime sleep. This has gotten better, but the moodiness, grumpiness, and negativity continues. It's not all the time. More in the mornings... he seems to be very sensitive to low blood sugar. If he didn't eat well the night before and hasn't had breakfast yet, watch out!!! Sometimes loud noises bother him. Now I will admit that in the past I have gotten frustrated with him. No matter what I did to try and soothe him, it never seemed to work..eventually I would place him in another room to "have space" until he was ready to come back. He would calm himself down and come back... but I've always felt guilty about that. I don't know if that's the right thing to do...
He had a big meltdown yesterday after his nap and I just sat on the floor and held him. His younger brother then started crying which escalated things for my oldest and so I just sat there in their misery and held them. Eventually it ended. It was for no apparent reason that I could identify..
What is the right way to handle this? I know that frustration and just telling him to stop crying is NOT. But it is so hard sometimes when it just doesn't stop no matter what I do!! At what point do you try and teach emotional control and how do you do it?? Is this typical?