Yesterday for Sunday School, we tried Moose out in his age-appropriate room (he had been in with the 2-year-olds still). It seemed to go well; his teacher said he was good and listened to her when they needed to sit down and color or listen to the lesson. When I got there, he was playing with "Thomas" (actually Gordon but whatever, they're both blue). Happy as can be...then another boy took the train - screaming. I go over and the other teacher gives Moose back the train...happy. I tell him we're going to go sit in church - screaming. I told him he could stay and play then. I leave - screaming. I go back and we repeat (go to church - scream, me leave - scream). Once more and then Big A went in and just got him. Huge meltdown. They walk around outside for 10 minutes while Squirt and I go in to worship. Our big duo comes back in and Squirt gets squirmy (not unusual). Big A takes him out and Moose sits beside me. Then he decides he wants his cars...I forgot them at home - screaming. I take him to the bathroom and spank him (and he cries super loud the whole way out and in the bathroom). I sit on the floor and just say, "buddy I don't know what to do with you. You can't scream like that." I am just lost at what to do. I've tried being super duper patient. I've tried spanking. I've tried yelling. I've tried distraction. None of it works. He seemed better so we went to go back into church; he yelled for his milk. So I went in to get our stuff and we all sat out in the foyer. Seeing as we weren't going to get anything out of the service, we just left. In the middle.
What would you do? Do you leave your kids in the nursery/Sunday School during church? We would like to have our kids in there with us so we don't have to teach them at a later time to sit still during church. But lately we've definitely contemplated keeping them in there the whole time - Squirt never sits through a service.
The temper tantrums are getting worse around here. I know it's Terrible Threes and all, but holy cow. From none to one-every-few-minutes is ridiculous - how does he know he turned 3? How do you keep your kids from throwing giant fits? What do you do when they do throw fits in public/at playdates/at church? It's just wearing me out and I get so embarrassed to boot (and I know other moms will say 'don't be embarrassed we've all been there' but it doesn't seem like anyone else's kids act like this).
Frustrated S Club Mama