Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Beautiful Marin County, CA
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Lately, ds has been throwing multiple tantrums a day. Over nothing. It's not even 8am and he's already had one. Most of the time it seems to us that he just wants to be adverse to anything we want him to do (take a bath/shower, wear a seatbelt, hold hands in the parking lot, stop smothering his sister...). He yells at us ALOT. He's uncooperative, uncompromising and bossy most of the time. Sometimes the only way we can get him to do something is by telling him he can't do it. He'll throw a tantrum when we've pressed buttons on the microwave instead of him, wiped off the countertops instead of leaving a mess, or when his oatmeal is too hot, to name a few examples.
When he does start yelling at us, we calmly tell him that we'll listen/help him when he can change his tone/ask nicely/stop yelling. Sometimes this works, but not often. He's just pretty unpleasant to be around these days and it's exhausting us.
Do you think he's just modeling his behavior after his sister (5 mos old) who cries and screams when she needs something, thinking, "well it works for her... it should work for me too!" Or is this just normal 3 year old behavior?