I'm not sure if this is the right board to ask this. I have a VERY difficult 3.5 year old. He has always been a tough child. From birth he was stubborn and demanding. He didn't have colic, but seemed to cry louder than other children. He was always awake a lot at night...every 2 hours until 22 months. We tried cry it out several times and he would cry for hours. He was and is a picky eater. Every meal is a battle. I have tried everything. I make him healthy meals, I offer them, and I leave it at that, but he will throw tantrums every.single.time.
When he is on, he's on. However, when he's off...watch out. He can be sweet and delightful to be around, but he'll go through these periods of being exhausting. He'll refuse to eat meals and fight me on everything. Just simple tasks of going to the bathroom before bed, brushing teeth, getting dressed, are all exhausting and met with tantrums and fighing every time. I am consistent and follow a schedule during the day and we still battle all the time over things. I do pick my battles, but I find I dread having to tell him to do something because I know it will mean an hour of confrontation.
I'm starting to wonder if this is typical child behavior, or something more. He brings me close to tears at least once a day many days. I have a 4 month old DD and I'm starting to see how different a child can be. She is the complete opposite of him. She is easy going and happy.