My 3 1/2 year old is trying to put me in an early grave.
April 20, 2008 7:43 AM Subscribe
Help me deal with my defiant and difficult almost-4-year old.
posted by missuswayne to Human Relations (35 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I know that defiant and difficult behavior is standard for the 3 1/2 year old set, but honestly it's wearing me (and my husband) down. DS turns 4 in July, and the last 6 to 9 months have been quite challenging. Insanely picky eating, refusal to cooperate in normal everyday stuff like brushing teeth and getting dressed, the torturous routine of going to nursery school two mornings a week - anything and everything is a battle. There's lots of random asserting of independence (coupled with random helplessness - "I can't do it, do it for me!").
On top of this, DD is one year old, and although DS clearly adores her, he's also a) jealous of her and b) completely opposed to sharing with her. 100% normal sibling rivalry.
MeFites, please share your best methods for coping with and managing the run-of-the-mill mayhem associated with raising a preschooler!