Thursday, July 17, 2008

Is there Terrible THREES?

I have heard the expression Terrible Twos but is there such a thing as Terrible Threes? My children will be 4 next month but I tell you lately they have been really pushing my buttons.

WHINING - This is something that happens often in my house. It's that annoying high-pitched sound that comes out of their mouths that makes you want to pull your hair out of your head to make it stop. I find myself screaming "SHUT UP" often. It not only annoys me to no end but it also raises my husband's blood pressure and you don't want to make him mad.

Today we were going to the library and mind you this place is only a 5 minute ride. From the moment we got into the car the high-pitched whining started. "Mommy when are we going to get there?" I tell her soon. She then says, "I can't wait!" I tell her to stop asking me and to wait. "I can't wait" comes out of her mouth with the most screeching sound you can imagine. The entire ride to the library was this frustrating stressful event. Finally we arrive and it stops! Aw peace and quite. But for how long?

Five minutes! It starts up again once the presentation started. "I have to go potty." WHAT! You went before we left not only 10 minutes ago. So I ask another mom to watch my girls because he can't hold it. But no, my one girls won't stay with the other mom. So off I go with 2 of them. To come back to no place to sit on the floor. Then 2 minutes later the whiner starts. "I have to go potty." Here it is only 5 minutes into the presentation and now she won't stop whining she has to go potty. Now, everyone is looking at us because she's making this big loud noise and won't stop. I get up all frustrated grab her am and say, "It was so much easier when you were in diapers." I know I should not have said this out loud but it is the truth. It's getting harder and harder now that they are trained to go anywhere with them.

Here's a video I found on whining. Enjoy. Hope it helps you.

TANTRUMS. A tantrum is an emotional outburst of ill humor or a fit of bad temper wherein the higher brain functions are unable to stop the emotional expression of the lower (emotional and physical) brain functions. It can be categorized by an irrational fit of crying, screaming, defiance, and a resistance to every attempt at pacification in which even physical control is lost. The person may not stand or sit on their own. Even when the "goal" of the person is met, he or she is not calmed.

My son is having these tantrums again. The uncontrollable ones where he loses it. Today I put him in his room because he just wouldn't stop. Of course, I got hurt in the process and got punched in the chest. After he calmed down he was able to come out again. I told my husband about his tantrum and my husband said he had another one in the morning when he refused to share his toy. So are we going through terrible THREES?

I found this on utube. No it's not my children but I thought it was funny to share. This is what you hear in our household almost every day. I so need a vacation from all this noise.


D said...

Everyone keeps telling me that the 3s are harder than the terrible 2s. My son is a pretty good 2 year old- at home anyway, I've given up taking him to the library unless I can't avoid it- so I am scared for the threes. He definitely whines like crazy and throws enough tantrums now for me. I have no patience for either.

loonyhiker said...

Maybe you can give little stick on stars for when they aren't whining. Look for the one who hasn't whined for 3 minutes. Make a big deal about it and give a star. Eventually the others will want one and try to do the same so they can get a star. Make sure you catch them being good. When they are good at that, make the time longer. Hopefully you can break the habit. When one is having a tantrum, give the others a sticker for NOT throwing one. Let them collect it on an index card all day to show daddy at the end of the day or post it at bedtime. Just an idea. Stickers worked well for my children and weren't too expensive.