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#16 ~steph~

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:29 AM

Probably my last whinge before we leave this section on Sunday ohmy.gif If I hear 'my will do it' one more time I am going cry or scream, I don't know which!! Whether it is something he can do or not, he wants to do it all, everything takes 5 times longer and he ends up so frustrated if it is something he can't do or isn't allowed to do.

And the attitude!!!!!! Threenangers is definitely a perfect description!!!

We don't get 'what?' here we get 'huh?', although we thought the selective hearing was unique to him, but obviously not!!
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:11 PM

They do say that if you missed the terrible twos you get the horrible threes. I got my fair share of terrible twos and think she has improved alot since she turned three. We still get attitude and pure stubbornish in what SHE wants.

The other week I nearly lost it and decided to sit down with her and have a talk. I basically told her that she was being very un-nice to me and I had had enough. I think I then said something along the lines of "mum is nice to you, very nice, I do so much for you and if you keep behaving the way you are I am going to show you the NOT nice mummy and believe me mummy can be very un-nice when she wants to be." I am not sure if it was the tone of voice or what I said but she did look worried and has actually improved since then. She even said to me the other day "oh sorry mum I am not being nice to you am I" laugh.gif

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#18 Mel B

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:36 PM

QUOTE(TraceyH @ Jun 18 2010, 12:11 PM) View Post

They do say that if you missed the terrible twos you get the horrible threes. I got my fair share of terrible twos and think she has improved alot since she turned three. We still get attitude and pure stubbornish in what SHE wants.


We have missed terrible twos & horrible threes (ducks to avoid vodka bottle tongue.gif ) with Rosie, maybe we'll get absolutely abominable fours laugh.gif I'll let you know in a couple of weeks. She does show a bit of threenage attitude occasionally, and has quite the penchant for the hands on hips pose (which makes me laugh and then she laughs too and the moment passes) but when I see some of the behaviour from the other kids at preschool I realise how lucky I am!

Cate it is interesting to wonder if it's a new thing isn't it? My niece is well and truly a threenager at the moment and my Mum is quite horrified and amazed because she said all of us were quite reasonable by the time we got to 3. Maybe it is more exposure to TV, maybe more exposure to other kids?? When I was growing up (in the Middle Ages tongue.gif ) preschool was considered a bit of a luxury and I don't think a single child in my kindergarten class had been to preschool. Certainly the worst behaved kids in Rosie's class are the most assertive ones. They boss all the other kids around all day and then I guess it's hard to take off the bossy boots once they get home!

Actually I have just remembered my other niece who was 3 when her baby brother was born and she used to spit at her parents whenever she was annoyed ohmy.gif
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:28 PM

I am well and truly far away from this at the moment (I hope!) so probably can't comment really but was watching Dr Phil yesterday tongue.gif and he was saying to always pick your battles. They had a Mum on and she was battling with her son to eat his veggies and all he would eat was peanut butter sandwiches and a list of other things not overly healthy. Dr Phil and the Paediatrician said to just let him. At the moment it's a battleground, so if you the parent stop making it a battle ground then he may come around sooner, and he will eventually get over it. I was actually rather surprised at his answer and thought he would come up with a way to get the kid to eat veggies but I guess it makes sense unsure.gif

Anyway, that is my uneducated input! laugh.gif




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