Paddy is growing more and more challenging by the day it seems. He just turned 3 this month and I feel like some days are just hopeless. He is so mean to his brother sometimes, stealing toys every five seconds, pushing, shoving, hitting, etc etc... He also tries to "wrestle" with Henri but Henri screams and cries and hates it, but Paddy just laughs and keeps squashing him. I've tried explaining to Paddy over and over again that Henri is too little to play rough and when Henri cries that means he doesn't like what you're doing. Paddy just either doesn't get it or doesn't care. When I tell him to stop doing something, he laughs and keeps doing it. If I try to redirect he thrashes and tells me no and throws a huge fit, sometimes getting himself so upset he starts to hyperventilate or even pee his pants (although he's been notorious for "peeing in anger") I've tried my best to be patient and gentle with him, but its getting harder and harder. At some points I don't know what is even normal for a child his age. Peeing your pants over not being allowed to eat a whole bag of chocolate chips seems extreme to me. But I deal with things like this every day now. (And no, I'm not just giving him the bag to keep the peace or keep him from throwing a fit. ) sigh. I'm just really upset about this because it seems like Paddy's behavior is deteriorating and I do not enjoy spending time with him when he acts this way. Is he normal or is he just really stubborn?
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8/24/08 at 1:15am