Nicole - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
My son (obviously 2 1/2) has so many tantrums, it's ridiculous. If he wasn't 2, I would swear he has ocd. But it's driving me insane and feeling very inadequate. I've tried anything I can think of... Being there with him while he just goes at it. But he generally resists physical contact. I've ignored him - usually he just gets more stubborn and out of control. I've gotten upset with him - though I hate to admit it, sometimes it gets overwhelming. And they are about everything - what he wears, getting dressed, changing his diaper (forgot potty training, he wants nothing to do with it), picking out his juice glass, the way his dishes have to be placed on the table, how to open a cheese snack and so on and so on.
He's trying to phase out his nap but that's been awhile - months ago but he still gets tired. His older brother definitely provokes him but as he's four, that lesson is taking awhile. I had a baby in June but he seems to be handling that well. My husband was working crazy hours through the spring but he's consistently home now and spends quality time with the boys. And we were dealing with an illness in my oldest during the spring but that's been taken care of awhile.
Anyway, with all that said, is it normal to have so many and over everything? Advice/support appreciated! Note: did not deal with this at all with my first. If he got out of hand it was because he was tired or hungry, not just because, so it was easily avoidable. Thanks!