I have custody of my 2-and a half-year old nephew and have had since he was 13 months old. He calls me Mommy and my 6-year old son brother so he is basically my son. I also love him just the same as i do my own son. My problem is that I feel like his terrible 2s are maybe more "terrible" than normal. And not calming down at all since he was 15 months. I don't know if it is just me overreacting, so I need some input. He is not talking like the other kids in his 2 yr old daycare group, so i do have him in speech therapy and he sees a Special Instructor for the behavioral issues. He is 2 and a half, and still runs for the street any time we are out. He won't hold my hand, if i try to hold his hand he throws himself to the ground. In public, he screams really loudly and abruptly for no apparent reason at all. He is constantly doing the exact OPPOSITE of what we say to do. I know this is normal for 2 year olds but this is all the time, and i never had problems to this extent with my 6 year old. I can't take him anywhere in public and actually enjoy him because the whole time he is focused on running away or doing something dangerous or embarassing. Seriously, the whole time. I am not exaggerating. I have heard of the disorder ODD but i think it is too early to think of something like that. I just don't know what to do. I feel trapped because I can't go anywhere with him, and i feel like it's so unfair to my 6-year old. Please help! View Thread
thank you so much your response was very helpful, even though I am just not reading it He has definitely gotten alot better the past few months, still not able to really go out but we try very short outings and leave as soon as he starts to act up, even if it means not getting in line after shopping. i feel like this is the only way he will learn. He was evaluated for autism and will be again once he turns 3. I am not sure if that's the case here, because he has actually gotten much more verbal and social, but i know there are different spectrums so who knows....My brother has autism so i have always been very watchful for symptoms with both kids. Thank you for praying for me, and i will pray for you as well View Thread
Thank you. I feel terrible about being frustrated and not going out as much because i really do love him so much! I really hope this is something he will grow out of. I just feel like maybe i am doing something wrong, because it's been over a year and the behavior has not changed at all.View Thread
know exactly what you are talking about! i am going through this with my 2-year old. Since he learned to climb out of his crib, he just does not sleep at night. When he finally does go to sleep, it's only an hour or so before he's in my bed. I know this is bad, but i have put a TV in his room and let him watch it til he falls asleep. Honestly it would take me 2 hours to put him to sleep otherwise, and i just don't have the time, with my 6 year old and homework and cleaning up dinner. You just have to realize that you must create time for yourself if you want to be a better parent. If you don't give in and pick your battles you will run yourself ragged and end up being a mean frustrated mom in the long run.View Thread
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