i know that toddlers are very active and it is highly uncommon for a 2 year old to even be diagnosed with adhd. but im wondering if my son is starting to show early signs. my husband had been diagnosed with adhd when he was 5 or 6, sometimes he still doesnt pay attention, but hes learned to control it for the most part. my son however, i can ask him a million times to stop doing something and he doesnt even look in my direction to acknowledge me, (his hearing is fine) he throws above and beyond tantrums 4-5 times a day, which include slapping, pinching hitting, hair pulling, scratching, biting, screaming crying, and more. im not one who just lets it go, he does get time outs and discipline. when something doesnt work for him he throws a fit or starts throwing things and smashing things. hes completely out of control despite my efforts to discipline. i went out to dinner with my in-laws last night-what a nightmare. he ran around the restaurant because we were waiting for a table, he kept trying to leave, every time i tried to sit him still he would scream so loud, everyone could hear, we decided to wait outside until our table was ready. when we got our food, he took a bite of each ting on his plate, then smeared it all over the walls, grabbed my food, put his hands in my soup, he made a mess. i smacked his butt and my husband took him outside, while i clean up the restaurant. my in-laws were like "if that were my kid i'd slap his hand" and im like...hello, cant you see we are trying our best? we didnt just let him get away with it? he wont sit still for even a moment during the day, he barley sits still long enough for me to give him a hug and kiss. he climbs and jumps off of everything, people always say "oh, let him do it, he'll learn, when it hurts he wont do it again" 1stly, i never got that saying, hes a baby, who wants to see they're kid get banged up or hurt? of course i try to prevent it. but when he does succeed in jumping off a chair and landing splat on the ground, he cries and then tries to do it again. i feel like a crummy parent, because i feel like regardless of how much effort i put into him, teaching him manners, discipline, and rules. he disregards them all. and i feel like i failed.
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