I just need to get this vent out. My three year old acts like a drunk frat boy sterotype in terms of manners, patience and consideration for others.
Today, as I was talking my 6 year old off the ledge of vomiting in the car, the three year old started demanding that I get him... an ice cube. RIGHT NOW. DON'T SAY NO! NO SAY LATER! I WANT NOW! YOU ARE MEAN! I DON'T LIKE YOU ANYMORE. NO LATER! Literally yelling to get over what I'm trying to say to soothe the sick kid.
It's times like this (I'm sick myself) where I just want to haul off and slap him not because he's being unreasonable but because he's being selfish and insensitive, which for some reason cuts me deep. Instead I dropped a few threats about having to go to bed early with no story and while he didn't stop bitching, he got more to normal volume.
I know that he's three... but I don't remember my other kids being this overtly assholeish. Am I doing something wrong that he's acting like such a prick?
No. My three year old was a total asshole. I don't understand anybody who talks about the terrible twos. Two was awesome. 3 was the worst year ever. Seriously. 4 was way better than three. Three year olds are horrible.
Nope. You're good. The little man is 3.75, and I swear, if I complete a sentence without him interrupting at the top of his voice it's a goddamned miracle. The mom of one of his friends mentioned recently that she sees a little more of the light at the end of the tunnel with her daughter every day, and I'm starting to notice it too. Every day he's just the tiniest bit more reasonable. Phew.
I agree - three stinks.
Three is rough. I can't wait for four. Girl Grey was awesome at four. Baby Grey isn't too bad, but he drives me insane most every day.
My oldest turned 3 on 12/9, and from what I've seen, 3 is gonna be rough....
Yeah, I've pretty much never met a 3 year old who wasn't an asshole. 3 sucks. Little fuckers. I'm sorry it was such a crappy day with a sick kid.
Yeah, Himself was a sociopath at 3. He was amazing for other people and a right little prick at home. Remember, 3 is 2 with intent. They MEAN to be miserable.
I swear we've had this topic before. Maybe twice.
Ebay is 4 1/2 and is a complete bitch at home. She's an angel everywhere else, but she lets out all her frustrations on me. Timeouts never work for her, but being separated from me is uncomfortable for her, so instead, when she acts up, I put myself in timeout. I go away and close the door for 3 minutes. She's usually better when i come out.
Man, I love those three minutes.
I've got the 3.5 yo in complete disequilibrium. One minute he's giving hugs and snuggling, the next he's saying we're stupid and he's not our friend anymore. He just gets in a zone and we can.not reason with him, or calm him down. Never quite thought of it as drunken frat boy, or even asshole, but I do find myself wanting to knock some sense into him when he gets disorderly. I'm pretty sure is a developmental stage that we just have to endure- not the result of piss poor parenting.
OMG YES. This explains everything.
Remember, 3 is 2 with intent.
Drunk frat boys act like 3-year old toddlers. Three-year old toddlers are just being themselves :-) Now you probably want to slap ME instead of him ;-)
We found 3 harder than 2, also. Our friends have said the same thing. Even the sweetest of toddlers have turned defiant and critical of the parents by 3. Ugh. We hear a lot of "of course I was right" from our son.
He'll be 4 in March and he's getting a little better--or just going through a more pleasant phase, only to revert to full demon when his baby brother is born in a few weeks.
Three was the worst age with my son so far. Four is much, much better.