I put my son in a 3 hour daycare program, 3 mornings a week at the YMCA both as a form of respite for me, and to get him out of the house and around other toddlers. I was worried about how he would do, and if this would be overwhelming for him, but he's actually thriving. I learned that a large majority of his frustrating behavior is stemming from him being BORED. He seems to love spending time away from me, which is great because I really need the break.
Now that I know what the issue was for him, I've been trying to keep him busy and it is not easy. There's only so many things for an 18 month old to do in the winter. Our schedule is packed, and it still doesn't seem to be enough activity for him. He's in swimming lessons, has 2 or 3 activities per week at the Y, has the 3 mornings of daycare, a play group, therapy 3 times per week plus whatever we decide to do on the weekends. I feel like I can't keep up, and as soon as he has any down time he starts whining. I now know that he's whining for more activity.
Are any of your children like this? Is this possibly related to ADHD, or is this an autism behavior? Or maybe it's just what toddlers do?