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Ds(age5) turned into a whinging nightmare-is this normal?

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lollystix Tue 25-Oct-11 22:18:29

Ds1 has always been a bit high maintenance compared to his brothers but age 3-5 he's been generally reasonable and sweet.

However since starting school he's started tantrumming about such silly things and the whinging has been reaching excessive levels. I've just had half term off with him (and brand new ds4 who arrived a couple of weeks ago) and it was a nightmare. Admittedly I was tired from birth and baby sleep deprivation and so my patience was limited. We just experienced constant demands and whinging along the lines on 'why can't I have this, why don't I ever win pass the parcel' (lolly dropped)=total meltdown and half an hour of weeping, etc.

It's making me really sad to be honest. It pains me to say but although I do love him, there have been times recently where I've really not liked him (or his behaviour). People just say he's tired from school etc but have others experienced the same?

531800000008 Tue 25-Oct-11 22:29:11


tired from school (one of mine went to bed at 5.30 and slept through til 7 from Sept to March in reception shock)

new baby

out of routine (half term)

so the usual advice applies :

hand him a snack as you leave the school playground
early tea and early bed
jolly hockey sticks attitude from you (lots of oh well never mind, jolly jolly jolly - this is KNACKERING, I grant you) and ignore what you can

plod on, chin up and shoulders to the grindstone

oh, eat chocolate.

lollystix Tue 25-Oct-11 22:33:08

Do they grow out of it? Please tell me' he won't be whinging like this age 10? He went to bed at 7.30 tonight and was out of it within 2 minutes. It's just so waring and I think I'm at the end of my tether with the baby etc..

531800000008 Tue 25-Oct-11 22:36:47

yes they do grow out of it, my tired one mentioned above is now 9 with bags of energy and is generally adorable [mushy emoticon]

I forgot to say ''this too shall pass''

You've got a lot on, and your rope is a lot shorter than usual.

lollystix Tue 25-Oct-11 22:40:30


Restrainedrabbit Tue 25-Oct-11 22:45:29

I feel for you, DD1 started reception last year and six weeks later dc3 was born! She was a nightmare until about march and she settled down again. Great advice given and would second all that has been suggested plus lots of down time and having a good bedtime routine.

This too will pass and all you will have left to remind you of thus phase is a few more grey hairs smile

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