You guys know that Peter is a very high energy kid. VERY. Not just an "above average" 3 yr. old (3 in April). He's far and above an "above average" high-energy 3 yr. old. He is INTENSE. He is VERY purposeful and demanding and KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS. He often hits other children, screams in my face, runs or takes off on his bike in any direction that he wants, doesn't budge on any sort of compromise or offer or suggestion. It's his way--or the highway. And its exhausting. I can't even begin to paint a picture of him at his worst. It is very ugly.
He's always had this "thing" about my glasses that I have on first thing in the morning before I put my contacts in. He hates them and for over a year has ripped them off my face when he sees me and puts them back on my night stand. I keep telling him, "Mommy needs to be able to SEE." And I will often "sneak" them back on my face when he's not looking and hope he forgets about them. This often does not work.
Not only does he want to control the eye wear on my face, he wants to control EVERY LITTLE THING. I couldn't even pour myself a glass of juice this morning because apparently that isn't what Peter wanted and he and grabbed it from me and wanted to pour it down the sink. Once I got him settled (and had to hide my juice drinking from him) and poured him a bowl of cereal, he began to claw the inside of my mouth out when he saw me take one tiny bran flake from the box and try to eat it. I can't breathe, I can't SEE, I can't eat, I can't drink, I can't sit on the pot, I can't do ANYTHING unless its what Peter thinks I should do. It's LUDICROUS! And he makes it known with such brutal physical force and ear-piercing screams.
Of course I put him in a full body lock and stomped up to his bedroom and put him in time out in his crib tent. I am now sitting on my bed sobbing while listening to him scream in his room. He is a BEAST. Why does he do this??? He is the roughest kid in his gymnastics class and its exhausting for me to take him these days. I often leave completely embarrassed about his behavior and exhausted to the core.
Oppositional defiant disorder? ADD? Bad parenting? We do 1-2-3 Magic technique with him rather consistently--quite consistently (you count to three and give them time out, basically). We teach him "yes" and "no" and "thank you" and "please" and how to share and read to him at night and have him on a good sleep schedule and bathe him and feed him and spend every waking second with him by our side (he doesn't play well by himself so I am literally 4 inches from him at all times). He sets the table for dinner every night and likes to "help me" cook.
But I'm telling you--he is a TYRANT. What 3 yr. old cares about the fact that his mother is drinking juice? It wasn't because he wanted any...he just wanted me to pour it down the sink, and for me take my glasses off, and for me to NOT eat anything for breakfast, and for me to sit directly next to him at the breakfast bar. It's like the word "NO" comes out of his mouth before I even ask him anything.
His behavior is maddening. MADDENING-- and scares me so much because it causes impulses to erupt that make me want to down right abuse the kid. I just can't take it. I have no idea what I'll do when the new baby comes.
Heaven help me.
P.S. He is not like this ALL the time, but morning's are especially horrific. Thankfully, he was quite well behaved on our vacation last week. Other than ferociously fighting with his cousin, Thaacker. I tell you what--raising kids is not a joke.
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