… clearly has never met either of my children at the age of 3. My daughter (now two months shy of her 6th birthday) was a great toddler until she hit 3. Then it was temper tantrums like crazy. Fortunately, she has always been my easy child so it is nothing compared to the torture we are going through with my son. And please, feel free to snicker, laugh, fall out of your chair with tears falling down your face for hysterical laughter, and/or share some advice on how to stop this business before it gets worse (which at this point, I’m not sure what could be worse!)
– So my darling son, has been potty trained for a bit now. It took us a long time to potty train him (the same with our daughter). They are both very stubborn (not sure who they could get that from! *sarcasm*) Now he thoroughly enjoys peeing… EVERYWHERE! No joke, a couple of weeks ago, he stood on the ottoman outside of his bedroom door, flung the door open and had a distance contest with himself! Last night, he had the gall to whip it out of his pants, get into a push up position and pee on my living room floor! Not to mention the two times I cleaned up the pee in his bedroom where he stood in one place, whipped it out and peed. (And let me tell you, boy can get some distance going!) Seriously- is this a boy thing or just my boy!?
– While we are on the topic of whipping it out, I know it is normal for boys to explore and play with their “junk”. I get that it is completely normal, but really- all day!? He is constantly whipping that bad boy out or has his hands down his pants. It is not safe to come to my house. I need a sign that says “Warning: You will see penis if you dare enter this house”. No joke. He is always playing with it. I am not exaggerating either! And he thinks its hilarious. We have tried to tell him to go to his room for his “private time”, but he won’t go and then plays some more. Do they ever grow out of it? I mean, hubby at least keeps it in his pants now! (LOL)
– Bed time is a joke. Unless I hold him until he falls asleep, it takes at least (minimum) of an hour to get him to sleep, none the less stay in his room. And yes, we have tried the Supernanny method of putting him back to bed without talking to him and that so does not work- that makes it worse! And the nightmares/night terrors lately- that is a whole other post in its own!
– Lastly, is it just boys that do not get phased by any type of punishment!? My daughter hates punishment with all of her might, but my son is not phased by a single darned thing! Hot sauce… they are now immune to it (and no, I am not the mother who pours the bottle down their throat- they got a fingertip of hot sauce wiped on their tongue). Time outs have never phased him and standing in the corner only worked for a couple of days. Taking things away from them- no help. They could care less. I am not a spanker, but I have gotten very frustrated and spanked him a few times recently and let me tell you- nothing. Not a pause. He is clearly immune to punishment!
So now that you are laughing and either a) saying thank God its her and not me or b) saying that you are glad your child is not the only one- I need you to calm down and give me some advice! What do I do with his 3 year old hellion!?!?