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3yo DS - silly phase or something else?

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xmummy Mon 15-Jun-09 21:37:08

Can anyone advise?

My lovely DS (3y 1m)is going through a very silly patch at the moment, not listening more than usual, being cheeky (again more than usual), acting very very silly, being very defiant and basically being a big ball of energy that doesn't stop the whole time!

He is a kind, energetic, caring boy by nature - but this has stepped up several gears - the nursery has noticed (he goes 3 days a week, he has also started pooing in his pants too - even though he says he wont (i can not control when at nursery). This has been going on for a month or so and I dont know is the cause

1. if its a phase
2. If he is tired (he has had the occasional late night), holidays etc
3. Do we need to change our parenting style
4. Is it something more like food (he has mainly home cooked meals and not many treats or sugary drinks etc) - is there any food I should avoid?

I would love to hear of other people experiences with their 3 yo's and how they handled it.

I am at a bit of a loss how to handle this new side of my son


SOLOisMeredithGrey Tue 16-Jun-09 01:12:43

I found with my Ds that certain foods sent him crazy. Chocolate was the worst, but anything with high colours in it or additives.

My Dd(2.6) seems to go crazy on strawberries, she runs around at warp factor 10 if she has even just 2 of them.

So yes, I think certain foods can affect children's behaviour.

jabberwocky Tue 16-Jun-09 01:26:28

Ds1 was fairly charming at age 2 then went through the terrible 3's hmm

One thing to be aware of, pooing in pants like this can very often be a sign of constipation at the very least or a fecal impaction. The sooner it is treated the better. There are several threads on this. Just do a search under constipation and/or impaction for lots of suggestions.

xmummy Tue 16-Jun-09 14:47:40

Thanks for the tip guys – no my DS is very regular every day so I don’t think that constipation is the problem

He is really acting up a lot at the moment, and even the nursery are commenting (nicely), it is all the time, so don’t think it is food (but not sure) as he only gets treats now and again – I am a bit confused whether it is typical of 3 year olds??

If anyone has any miracle top parenting tips that would be great!


ICANDOTHAT Tue 16-Jun-09 16:24:32

Food can be a big problem for some kids - even fruit (sugars) can drive my ds2 nuts. I never give him any squashes with Aspartame in as they are one of the definite 'no no's' for children. Other than that, try being a bit firmer and make sure you carry out sanctions etc - they've got us sussed remember wink

SOLOisMeredithGrey Wed 17-Jun-09 00:40:30

Same here. In fact, I stopped buying squash because most of them have aspartame in them and I am not keen on poisoning my Ds.

xmummy Wed 17-Jun-09 09:11:34

It is funny as I have never bought squash before - but I bought the rocks organic one - which I thought would be healthy - now I wondering if that is part of the cause? I will have to look for aspartame - tahnks for the tip!

I think we have to try to be more consistent - wondering if he is a bit tired and seemed a lot better yesterday - so fingers crossed!

I am amazed even though I have been through countless phases, I still get flumuxed by new behaviour patterns - oh the joy of motherhood!

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