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4 year old DDs attitude: Having trouble determining if its normal

DD has always been over dramatic and sensitive (well since about age 2, she was an angel as a baby)  Around the time she hit age 3 or 3.5 it got worse.  She even went through a phase where she would get angry and smack at me.  Thankfully I have broken her of that with time outs and firm talks.  She just snaps from sweet to out of control in a second literally.  Like today she throw a complete freak out tantrum because she couldn't click fast enough on a computer game.  If you have a 3.5 to 4.5 year old do they lose control of there emotions this easily? I am having a hard time determining if her lack of self control and her temper are something I should worry about or something normal? She is very smart, her preschool teachers say her education is at about a 2nd grade level, however even her preschool progress report shows lower marks in areas of self control. 

 

Re: 4 year old DDs attitude: Having trouble determining if its normal

  • I think it's normal. My DD turned 4 in late January and she does things like this, too. Gets super frustrated and yells if she, say, can't get her shirt off, or can't get a doll's dress ON. Sometimes clenches her teeth and fists and makes a growly noise w
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    DD isn't often like that but she does have days where she gets more easily upset than others. I have found that she's usu

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  • Oh yes! I have a fourteen year old, I mean four year old...

    she is very dramatic. Throws a major tantrum over very minor things. One of her goals at school is controlling her emotions. She gets upset and yells, slams her door, crosses her arms an

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  • I was just coming on to post something similar to this...DS turned 4 in Feb and since then has been so much more sensitive about things. His tantrums aren't violent but he cries easily and the smallest things seem to set him off. I've talked wit
     
  • That type of behavior isn't normal with my 2 and 5 year olds, but I have boys so maybe that makes a difference?
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  • Sounds like my DD.  Hang in there.  




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  • Thanks all! I feel much better knowing I am not alone. 
  • Yup. My four year old goes from awesome to hellbeast in 2.4 seconds. It's hard to keep up with! She's getting better.
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  • Way normal.  My oldest didn't start getting better control of herself until she was almost 6!
  • Sounds like my 3 year old!
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    I think it's normal. My DD turned 4 in late January and she does things like this, too. Gets super frustrated and ye
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