Two years old was a breeze compared with now. Our oldest is 3 years and a few months- born in January- and in the last couple of months he’s gained this sudden Screamy Weirdo personality, where he contradicts almost everything, throws tantrums over strange things (and at the drop of a hat. Today it was because I didn’t push the stroller, his Grandpa did), and is generally just really horrible.
He’s quite frequently sweet, too, but we’ve got this Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going. He’s also developed a fierce materialism and after being allowed to buy a toy with a Christmas gift card spent the whole rest of the day whining about how he wants a different toy.
We are not awesome and amazing parents, but whining doesn’t get him what he wants, and neither does throwing tantrums. They earn him timeouts and being taken forcibly out of the situations (carried him out of the grocery store a couple of weeks ago while wearing the twenty-pound baby in the Ergo and pushing the stroller. Whew), and consequences (e.g. “We didn’t go out to the park because you threw a fit about the colour of your mittens and we ran out of time”).
We just had a great attempt to get out of bedtime via hysterics and stalling. Also didn’t work. He’s in bed asleep now.
Some of his behavior is directly related to his diabetes- when he’s got high or low blood sugar it throws him really badly, and I know he can’t control himself very well. We sometimes test him to find out if there’s something wrong with his blood sugar or if he’s just being irritating.
I’m not really asking for advice- as I said, we’re coping, we know this will pass (or we’ll sell him for medical research), I was just wondering whether this is normal and whether other people’s kids also went through psycho stages at three.