terrible twos+red hair=defeated mommy

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meaganmorse's picture
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terrible twos+red hair=defeated mommy

I have decided that Matthew is either:
1)bi-polar
2)demon possessed

This canNOT just be a case of the terrible twos. His temper is unmatched by any other. He is not a morning person, and spends his entire morning screaming at us just about. We can't do ANYTHING to please him. Then in the evenings, he's right as rain, and pleasant to be around. He doesn't act this way at school, but I dread the morning melt-down...

I love Matthew-but from 5:30am-7:15am, I really do not LIKE him...this will pass right?

anybody else going through this? suggestions appreciated!

BFrantz's picture
Joined: 11/14/11
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he sounds tired .. maybe push his bedtime back a little .. or you could give him a starbucks double shot!

Ask yourself .. Does anyone want to be up at 530 in the morning?

I could attempt real advice, but I need to know a few things

1. How does he get woke up in the morning?
2. What else have you tried?

Once these questions are answered, I'll probably have more questions, but I am sure there is a simple solution here, you're just frustrated and over looking it.

elleon17's picture
Joined: 01/26/09
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:bigarmhug:

I'm going on the assumption he is probably not a demon. Wink

I don't have much advice since I am a FTM to a toddler here, but wish you luck.

meaganmorse's picture
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He goes to bed @ 8pm and we wake him at about 6:45am. If I push his bedtime back he'll be going to bed so early!

We usually open his bedroom door and let the sounds of the morning rouse him while we get Mickie up and going. I have tried scooping him up while he's still asleep and letting him wake up in my arms, but no matter how we wake him, he's really unhappy about being awake period!

We've tried waking him up earlier so that it isn't fast and furious getting ready, and he would have time to just chill for awhile and get ready at a slower pace with a bit of down time/loving time before we have to go. But again-he just hates waking up, no matter what time it is, or how he's awoken, or how much we have to mess with him in the a.m.

I HAVE found that dressing him is the worst of it-so I put him to bed in the shirt he'll wear to school and socks and sweat pants. That way all I have to do is take off the pants, changed the pullup and put on his jeans/matching pants. So we have eliminated the majority of that issue. But he still hates changing clothes and pullups first thing.

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Meagan, what time does he wake in the morning if you let him sleep in? Alicia is like that in the morning...we've found that she will scream at us but if we ignore her and go about our normal routine, she will eventually give up and join in. It doesn't work if you have to be fast and furious though. Our kids go to bed much earlier than yours though, at 7-7:30. They get up around 7 am. I'm sure he's not possessed...but the red-headed child will scream, lol!

Nicole

meaganmorse's picture
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lol, if we let him sleep in he goes until about 7:30/8

mommyvolc's picture
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Yep, that's Alicia too. I have found it gets better now that she's older. She has to get dressed...but she gets a choice between two outfits. That helps. She has to eat...but she gets a choice of two cereals. I sit on the bed with her for a few minutes and give her a chance to wake up slowly...that also seems to help. Good luck!

Nicole

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Joined: 01/08/08
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Sounds like maybe he is just not getting enough sleep. My son sleeps about 12 hours each night. I'm a SAHM so I can just let him sleep in, but I don't let him go past 8:00AM or his nap gets screwed up. I know it might be hard, but I would try putting him to bed earlier the night before if you have to get him up that early in the morning b/c of work. We put my son down between 7:20 - 7:30. Hope this helps!