Us: "Micah, go put your toys away"
Him: "No, YOU go put your toys away!"
Us: "Micah, eat your dinner"
Him: "No, YOU eat your dinner!"
Us: "Micah, it's time to go potty now"
Him: "YOU go potty!"
Us: "Micah, we love you"
Him: "No love me!"
This has been a challenging week. It's like he woke up one morning and decided to be difficult. He is fighting us on every single thing - not taking his naps, not eating dinner, not going to the bathroom, etc... We are not sure what's going on with him. Today I mentioned it to a friend and she said that maybe because he has a new authority in his life (his new preschool teacher), he might be wanting to be in control of these certain areas. He does like school, so I'm not positive that's it, but she could be on to something. Today we spent about 15 minutes in a face-off with him as he threw a tantrum and refused to do every single thing we said. After it was over, we were sweating and exhausted. We asked ourselves "did we go wrong somewhere?" and "what happened to our easy baby?" For us, the "three's" have been a little harder than the "two's" - or maybe I've just blocked those memories out of my mind :)
It is hard to know what is and isn't normal, because we rarely see other kids at their worst. Thankfully he is not like this all the time, but it is a glimpse of what life could be like at its worst. We are just trying to do the best we can, pray tons, and read up on some good discipline books. We hope next week will be better!