My 3 year old crys about everything! What to do?

Sarah - posted on 09/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son is 3 he will be 4 in Febuary and I swear he crys and or whines over everything. Ex: We were at my moms yesterday and he was crying we left because it was getting late and we had to walk home. Not to mention I wanted to get him out of there. So we were suppose to go to my friends house but I told him and my daughter we werent going because it was late. Well he continuted to cry. On our way home we always walk through this big grassy spot and I always have to carry his scooter. (Mind you this whole time he is still crying, riding his scooter and all) So he cried the whole way through the grass. When we got to the other side I told him he couldnt ride his scooter til he stopped crying. Needless to say he didnt stop til we got home. I had told him several times he could ride it but he had to stop crying. It just didnt work. I would say the walk home is about a 15 20 min walk. The whole time he cried and he was crying when we left my moms. He cried because of not being able to goto my friends not being able to ride the scooter and because he didnt want to go home. He probably cried a total of 45min straight. He finally calmed down after being put in his room with no TV. Is this normal for a 3 year old? I mean I know they are young but jeez. I would like some help with this please!


Amy - posted on 09/07/2012




I don't know if it's the example you gave but you said it was late which meant he was tired. I never expected as much from my kids if they were tired or hungry because that was always the reason for their meltdowns. I always made sure that we weren't out running errands if I knew they were tired and always fed them before we left. I've always found ignoring the behavior worked best for me, so if my kid is crying because it's late and they wanted something that's not going to happen I just ignore it, I know how after awhile it's almost like nails on a chalkboard but once they realize they aren't getting any reaction from me good or bad they stop. I've left stores because my kids weren't behaving and 99% of the time they're asleep within 5 minutes. This has worked for me with both my kids they are 6 and 2 1/2. I will add though my 6 year old will lose stuff if he decides he's going to have a meltdown but at 3 I just ignored him and walked away.

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