I think it is sooo normal. My son tells me "Mom, I don't like you now." Not on a day to day basis, but often enough. I've heard that it's their way of distancing themselves from us, Mommy. I think boys do it more than girls, because boys seem to know that they are BOYS, not girls like mommy, and they have to exert their boyhood.
You just have to realize they really do love you, and it may just be said in response to a disciplinary action, or a negatively percieved direction in thier day.
Help them find the words to express themselves. Maybe he just doesn't know how to tell you he's upset about having to leave a friend's house. Or that you are in a sense smothering him with "too much lovin'".
Hope this helps.
at 1:35 PM on Jul. 21, 2008