A 3 Year Old, Temper Tantrums, and an Imaginary Friend

Smile? Not so much!

Over the years I always heard about the terrible twos… there was so much emphasis put on the rhyming nature of toddlers being difficult at two… they didn’t have me prepared for the tyrant threes.

Two was no big deal in our house, at all… we sailed right through it with a happy boy, no temper tantrums, no growling or yelling… he was an angel minus the once in a blue moon crayon on a wall or whatever.

But my three year old who is typically a total momma’s boy has turned into an unrecognizable terror since starting school last week.   He had his first full week and every day after he leaves school it is a nightmare.  Crying, yelling, temper tantrums, and total embarrassment if I have to go  anywhere in public.

Now we have a new element to the tantrums… an imaginary friend who is apparently egging on his behavior, at least according to him.  Now, I am experienced in imaginary friends. My nephew who is now 14 had one as a kid.  Before I had kids of my own, I took him all the time to do cool things I couldn’t get away with doing on my own, and Joey his imaginary friend always tagged along with us.

Something broke?  Joey did it…
Told a lie?  Joey told him to do it…
Homework is missing? Joey took it…

And Joey is entering my house in the form of my little friend as my three-year-old is now calling his new partner in crime.

I am just getting to a point where I don’t know how to deal with it anymore.  Time outs sometimes work, but rarely these days.  I don’t want to spank because then it will teach him that hitting is acceptable.  Yelling… well I just don’t have it in me these days.   I need a way to handle this all that is going to work.

I would love to see what other parents are doing about their temper tantrums, and imaginary friends…

Hit me with some comments and stories!

These parents commiserate– and share laughs! — about their kids’ imaginary friends.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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