Suddenly Whinny

Janet - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old son who has always been so good natured and loving has decided that he wants to fuss about everything! When he doesn't get his way, he either falls on the floor (which makes me just ignore him) or screams (which gets a time out) and then he tells us "but I really, really ...." or ".....make me very happy"! He is into everything so I'm already a little stressed out from cleaning up the gallon of milk, the white paint he used on my tv, the can of powdered cleaner, etc! I know a lot of this is normal behaviour but I am concerned with his sudden 'whinny' phase...anybody, anything?

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Yup, it's normal! He's at the classic "terrible twos", but it's really about pushing the boundaries (to see where they are) and a lack of impulse control.



The best thing to do is to remove anything that could harm him, or create a bad mess (like the paint) from his world. I know it's not easy... I live in a house that's got child locks on almost every drawer and cupboard. Also, get him to start cleaning up his messes (like the milk).



Like the old saying goes, "Idle hands makes the devil's work" or something to that nature. Keep him busy, if you can. I have a 2 1/2 yr old who I have help me. He picks up his toys when I do the vacuuming, helps unload the dishwasher, sets the table for meals, takes his dishes to the sink after meals and helps clear the table, helps cook dinner (sometimes) and does little things when asked. Of course it all takes longer, but it 1) keeps him busy, 2) gives him a sense of pride in helping mummy, 3) instills in him the notion that he needs to help out as part of this family and 4) keeps him BUSY.



I still get the whinging every so often though. I think it's inescapable. We just have to try to bear it.



This too shall pass! Or so I've been told. :-)

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Yup, it's normal! He's at the classic "terrible twos", but it's really about pushing the boundaries (to see where they are) and a lack of impulse control.



The best thing to do is to remove anything that could harm him, or create a bad mess (like the paint) from his world. I know it's not easy... I live in a house that's got child locks on almost every drawer and cupboard. Also, get him to start cleaning up his messes (like the milk).



Like the old saying goes, "Idle hands makes the devil's work" or something to that nature. Keep him busy, if you can. I have a 2 1/2 yr old who I have help me. He picks up his toys when I do the vacuuming, helps unload the dishwasher, sets the table for meals, takes his dishes to the sink after meals and helps clear the table, helps cook dinner (sometimes) and does little things when asked. Of course it all takes longer, but it 1) keeps him busy, 2) gives him a sense of pride in helping mummy, 3) instills in him the notion that he needs to help out as part of this family and 4) keeps him BUSY.



I still get the whinging every so often though. I think it's inescapable. We just have to try to bear it.



This too shall pass! Or so I've been told. :-)

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