Similar to Emily's question below, my three-year-old has turned into quite the challenge. For a little while, during her twos, my daughter was turning into such an agreeable and pleasant child, but, in the last month or so, all she does is argue about everything, digs her heels in, and throws massive temper tantrums. We even give her options so that she can decide on her own, but that doesn't work when she's determined on what she wants. Before, when she got upset or didn't get her way, she used to just go to her room, count to ten calmly, and come back down when she felt better -- not anymore. Now she screams and cries and repeats the thing she wants over and over. We typically ignore the tantrums, and she usually will give up since no one is giving in, but that gets exhausting as well. She also is getting extremely difficult at mealtimes (but when she doesn't eat, she gets hangry and all hell breaks loose). We have also just given up on potty training.
I'll have to say, that within the past couple of months, things have been a little crazy (a number of visits from out-of-town family, a break from routine due to holidays, and there was a death in the family, so lots of travel involved). I'm wondering if her behavior could be a result of her being out of her routine?
On some days, she also takes a while to get down for her nap, and when she wakes up, she gets extremely cranky and throws an tantrum. She usually wakes up at 7:30am, takes her nap from around 2 to 4:30-5pm, and goes to bed around 8:30-9pm. She usually goes down for bedtime pretty easily, but dinner is the challenge. I feel like she really needs that nap, because when she goes a couple of days without the nap, she is a mess. But can the behavioral issues and struggle to nap be an indicator that she needs to drop the nap?
Or is this all a result of her normal development (as well as a combination of the other two)? Either way, any advice would be greatly appreciated! Sorry for the extremely long post!