My son is 18 months old. He has always been a fairly stubborn child, but these past few months have been horrid. A few months ago, he started to whine ... A LOT!, close to all day long ... and it has yet to stop. The next thing he does is if he's told "no" over something he wants to do, he will either throw something or plop down on the ground and scream. I feel like he's frustrated with not being able to talk most of the time. I have tried so much with him. We read at least once a day, if he will sit still, sing songs, I name objects that he points at, we look at his wall in his bedroom with the alphabet on it, etc.
His napping and sleeping habbits have started to change too. His napping used to be one nap a day for about 2 hours. Now I'm lucky if he sleeps 45 minutes. Then at bedtime, he used to play in his crib for about 30 min before falling asleep, but now, he's in there for over an hour throwing his binky across the room and then screaming bloody murder until I rush into the room to give it back to him and rinse/repeat for another hour or so, until finally he passes out.
I'm so frustrated with him right now. As it is, we don't ever get breaks, even though my mom is always telling me she would if she lived on her own... But it just sucks. We don't get a break from him except for once every 2-3 months. And by then we are so beyond frustrated and exhausted with him that we just end up passing out the whole day we have off.
I'm not sure how to help him and our situation. I'm venting but at the same time, just feel like I'm losing my mind. We try to do something that is in our immediate area every day, since we don't have another car and we don't have the option money wise for bus fare. SO I've been taking him to the park, the pool, for walks around the neighborhood, as much as I can every day. But it all seems to annoy him. It feels like he's always whining...
Does anyone else have this or know what I can do? Any kind of information or help would be greatly appreciated. I love my son, but he drives me nuts sometimes... And I feel horrid for saying that.