Hi! Week 18 of TGF's Heart Journaling is to create a page based on your parents, life as a parent or tribute to all parents. I chose to journal about the difficulty we're having with our youngest child since not a day goes by that he does not tantrum at least once. And we're talking about full on crying/screaming/writhing on the floor/kicking defiance. I never would have thought I'd describe one of my kids as defiant especially since the older 2 are pretty well behaved. So most people I've talked to including his pediatrician just think this is a phase. And I hope that it ends soon. But in the back of my head, I worry that it isn't a phase. What if he acts this way forever? I mean, I've worked with children with special needs and in special education and I know there is Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Maybe I am jumping the gun but I can't help to think that this is part of his personality. He has always been the most needy of my 3, the most clingy, stubborn and I thought maybe it's because he is the youngest BUT what if it's not because of that? What if he will stay this way? So far in school, he has been following rules and adjusting nicely but what has changed is his dislike for actually going to school (whining I don't like school in the car until I drop him off) and his poor sleeping at night. He has gone from sharing a bedroom with his older brother to sleeping on a futon in our bedroom because he would get up constantly at night (at least 3 times) and wander to our room. It would be a back and forth game and I guess I gave up because I want to sleep.
Thanks for reading.