Elizabeth - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )
It seems that the past two months have been the hardest with my three year old. She has tantrums, which I expect. But I'm almost wondering if I need to seek professional help. Today, for example, she got really upset when we went to the gas station and I wouldn't let her out of the carseat while I was putting in gas. I told her no, she would have to wait until we got to wherever we were going before she got out. She started screaming, so, I ignored her, thinking it would subside. It got worse. When we finally got to where we where going, she was hysterical. I tried to stay calm and told her we weren't going to leave the car until she calmed down and stopped crying. She started screaming "no, I don't want to calm down and continued to scream. So, I decided to go home at that point. When we get home, she's still screaming, hysterically. I go to get her out of her seat and she refuses to move or get out, so, (I'm trying to remain calm) I tell her fine, she can come in the house when she's ready. 5 mins went by and still screaming. I go to get her out of the car and I had to physically carry her out because she was thrashing around like a wild animal. I bring her inside and she continues to scream I will not calm down. Then she hits me in the face. At this point, I'm really upset. I try to explain to her that this is unacceptable and I refuse to put up with her behavior. I'm holding her in my arms and she eventually calms down. HOLY COW! talk about emotionally draining. I just broke down because, I couldn't believe my child was acting out this way. Am I doing something wrong? I begin to question whether I'm a good mother or not and whether this is just a phase or does my child need professional help. My heart is breaking to see her get to this point. Please help me.