Ever since we had a new baby my 3 year old has become more aggressive, especially towards me. I have read this is normal, but for how long?
I always tell the parents in my practice that are in your situation that the older sibling’s life is changing much more dramatically than the parent’s lives. The child feels like some of his uniqueness has been taken away. I use the analogy of going from a rock star to a back-up singer. Hopefully, the change is not that dramatic, but the analogy gives you some insight into what your child is feeling. Also, a 3 year old does not have the coping skills to deal with such a change in his daily life and thus changes in his behavior can occur. I am not saying that you should not discipline your child if he acts up, just that he is going through a lot in his life, and very commonly a few months of behavior changes are seen until routine is established again.
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