Droolface has officially taken the horrible threes to heart and is running with it – and perhaps a pointy stick. The twos were bad for maybe a month and then Droolface straightened out and I thought we were out of the woods. Then the threes hit. It was a gradual hit. Now about six months in, the full tidal wave of three-year-old furor is here, and I’m at a loss as to what to do.
Here’s a typical situation:
Mommy: Droolface, go potty and then we will eat lunch.
Droolface: No! Baaaah! Bahhhha! I’m shooting you!
Mommy: Droolface, please go potty. I’ll go with you.
Droolface: (Screaming and running away) I don’t want to eat lunch anyway! I guess I’ll just run away. Bahhh! (Throws himself onto a couch or chair or bed and refuses to move.)
Does this happen to you? Where does he come up with these ideas? The “I don’t want to do that anyway” thing is something I have never heard, and I grew up with a very stubborn youngest sister who seemed to come up with every other harsh retort under the sun.
He will shoo away things like dessert, extra book, extra video with this response, so bribing him does not work.
Mommy: Droolface, we have to take a bath first, but then you get dessert – it’s ice cream!
Droolface: I don’t want to take a bath! Baaahhh! I’ll just go straight to bed. No dessert for me! I didn’t want ice cream anyway!
Seriously, who doesn’t want ice cream? The thing is, I know he does want it, but somehow he has come up with this response and I am at a loss as to what to do when this all goes down.
It usually turns out that we are hauling him out of bed or off the couch and carrying him to the potty or forcing him into the tub. It becomes a huge battle when it was really just a simple request and something that we do every day.
How do you handle tantrums? Do your kids have these kinds of issues at home? Help please!