At the age of 2 years and 8.5 months old, we appear to have entered into the dawn of the "Threenager" with H.
If your child hasn't quite entered this stage yet, be warned. You think the Terrible Twos are bad? A breeze let me tell you!Don’t get me wrong, on the whole H is still a pleasure to be around, very happy, playful and chatty. Until, that is, he cannot get his own way or he is told off then it is like all hell has broken loose.
We are used to the crying. The puppy dog pleading eyes. However, we now also get shrieking. High pitched shrieking that should be coming from a banshee. We now have randomly grabbing objects and throwing them. Including, very recently, half a beaker of squash and tipping it over the laptop (thankfully it recovered). Most notably now door slamming has arrived. That is, slamming of the cupboards, of all doors in the flat (I say all, there are only two plus the front door) and storming OUT of the flat, slamming the door behind him.
The trouble with these dramatics is that actually, they make the husband and I laugh. Try as we might, we just can’t seem to stop ourselves when H flies off the handle so unreasonably. And of course the biggest mistake you can make is laugh.
The second biggest mistake appears to be trying to reason with the tantruming threenager. This seems to cause a similar reaction to laughter; that is, to make him worse, he gets more wound up, more angry.
I strongly suspect these reactions are common throughout threenagers across the land, I have never seen anything quite like it and for now, I count my blessings in that we haven't yet had to deal with a public tantrum. I can feel my cheeks turn red at the mere thought of a public tantrum.
So tell me, how are you coping with the threenager?