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DD 12/10/04 & DS 7/25/08
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
|- whining constantly c.o.n.s.t.a.n.t.l.y.
- angry loud screaming if she doesn't get her way, even in public
- everything done at a snail's pace, obviously this drives me nuts when we are on a schedule and need to be somewhere, but even days when we have no set schedule she is so slooow we could really go the whole day without leaving the house (and we have)
- tantrums seemingly out of the blue
The one thing that has been helping ds1 is when I give him "big kid" responsiblities. I wonder if it's because they are at an age where they are not toddlers anymore and on the verge of becoming big kids. Whenever I show my ds how to do something new or ask him to help me with a task he's never been "allowed" to before, he seems to have a confidence about him that lasts at least several hours! A couple months ago, I told him he could go into the pantry and make a snack for himself and his brother, and he was floored that he could do this on his own and that I would trust him to! (I know some people probably have their kids do this much younger!) After that, he ventured into the fridge and poured himself a cup of milk and just beamed with pride that he could do that for himself. So, I've kept up with this theme and I try to find new ways for him to feel confident. He also seems to like that he can do some things that his little brother can't. I don't love that idea, but he seems to need it right now.
I am really encouraged by other posts that they will outgrow this and return to the sweeties they once were!