I’ve always said how well behaved Lamb is for a 2 year old, and so has many people who know him. When he’s in someone else care he’s an angel. Seriously. Grandma looks after him once a week and she takes him on plenty of adventures (to Sainsburys, to the vets) and he’s so well behaved. I don’t expect anything else.
Like any other 2 year he has his moments. Refusing to eat (although he’s been doing this since he was a baby), refusing to get dressed or go to bed. You know the score. Nothing has ever been too dramatic though. When it does happen I usually laugh because it’s out of character.
Over the past few weeks (pretty much since Christmas) we’ve noticed a change in Lambs behaviour. Full on temper tantrums.
This morning, for example, he screamed and cried so much he was red in the face. Because he didn’t want to get dressed. Because if he got dressed he would have to go to nursery.
Since Christmas he hasn’t been too happy about going to nursery (even though tit has only been 2 weeks!) He genuinely doesn’t want to go. He cries in the morning getting ready and cries in the car. Usually by the time he’s in his classroom he’s calmed down and happy to play. Then when we pick him up he doesn’t want to go home.
The problem is the tantrum leading up to leaving the house. What has happened to my cheeky little chappy?
In the back of my mind I knew we had it coming. I knew we couldn’t get through the terrible twos and into the threes without some sort of challenge, and it seems we have reached ours. The ‘threenager’
Lamb hates being told what to do. He’s always been so independent and knows what he wants. Seriously. He’s known to make very specific decisions. If I had £1 for everytime someone said “he knows what he wants” to me…
So having mummy tell him to get dressed, eat breakfast, go to bed, is becoming rather frustrating for him and is resulting in crazy tantrums.
I mean, he screamed and cried so much about going to bed the other day he wet himself, and then cried because he was so embarrassed about his accident.
His dad can’t tolerate the tantrums. He can’t bare to hear him cry and never has. They end up bickering like brothers, then I have 2 frustrated men to deal with. Let’s not mention I’ve got another one growing in my tummy.
Thank god the cat is female.
We’ve only had a few weeks of these major tantrums, but I’ve got a feeling they are here to stay.
Has your little one been through the ‘threenager’ stage? Any tips on dealing with it?!