3 yr olds are so over the top, larger than life sometimes, I was genuinely frightened of some of them when Emma was little. Now she's the 3 yr old, and while she's not particularly aggressive she is very bossy, hyper and loud. Her behavior likely seems horrifying to mothers (and fathers) of small infants and younger toddlers. 3 yr olds seem so big, so capable, so articulate, so much older compared to the little ones, but I think what the OP and another poster or two are missing in this thread is how little 3 yr olds really are, and you will see this for yourselves when your own little ones are 3. It's a challenging time for many parents, but thankfully 3 yr olds are also very funny, affectionate, inventive, imaginitive and brilliant little people too, so they're not quite as fightening as I once thought. Loud, aggressive play is developmentally on track for those boys, though I think their mothers should have stepped in, at least to apologize on their son's behalf to you and your son, OP. But I don't think being harsh to make them stop would teach them anything, nor do I think such approaches to disciplie is really GD anyways, is it?
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12/12/06 at 3:54pm