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August 31st, 2013, 04:22 PM
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Hi ladies! I'm Kelsey, mama to two boys! Sawyer will be 3 in December and Marshall will be 8mths on the 8th of September.

I'm having issues with my toddler and I hope I'm not alone! He won't listen to ANYTHING hardly at all! When we discipline him, he screams, hits, kicks, pulls our clothes. He will scream this deep scream, sometimes accompanied by tears and sometimes not. You can tell he is soooo angry! He gets this fire in his eyes, tightens his fist and screams along with it. Now he doesn't do all of this at one time. Sometimes he will only do one or two of these things and other times he does all of them.

When we make him sit in time out or take a toy from him if he's not listening, he hits himself. I think it's just a bad case of 'terrible two's' but I've also thought "Maybe he has a mild case of Autism". I looked up the signs and symptoms of Autism though and other than angry issues he doesn't have any of the other signs. He gets along well with people, including us and his baby brother. He talks extremely well, knows numbers 1-5 and all of his colors with the exception of the difference in Light Blue, Dark Blue, ect. . He's not always this way. He is a really sweet boy who likes to give hugs and kisses and cuddle up and play. But he can go from being the sweet boy to being the terrible toddler in .2 sec and then back again to being sweet.

Any advice? I use multiple forms of discipline. First I try to talk to him because a lot of times that works best, then I'll do time out. If say, he's hitting his brother with a toy or something then I will take that specific toy from him for a little bit.
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September 21st, 2013, 07:35 PM
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My son is 3 1/2 and at 3 he went through something similar. He would snap into these fits of anger on occasion. Sometimes it happened when we were disciplining him and he didn't want to cooperate, or sometimes it would be over the silliest things, like not wanting to put his pajamas on for bed. And it wasn't always - just sometimes. He would get so angry - cry and scream a deep scream, kick and thrash, and throw his toys. Then I noticed it happened when he had a few days in a row of no nap (he was transitioning into no naps) - he was overly-tired and didn't know how to cope. So we made sure to have 'rest time' if he didn't nap, made sure he went to bed on time, etc., and noticed a difference. It has been months since he's had a fit of anger like that. If your son is transitioning to no-naps, maybe that could be the reason?

If not, could there be a diet trigger, like casein or gluten? I recently read how the main allergic response to wheat and casein in milk products can be brain inflammation, which causes hostility. Casein, which is found in dairy and gluten in wheat, has been linked to aggression.

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