My son, ninety five percent of the time is a really loving and empathetic child. He loves a cuddle, a big snotty kiss goodbye, a snuggle up on the sofa. He’s kind to his animals, he’ll kiss you better when you stumble over his train track, he’ll share his biscuits when asked. He is by nature, a kind soul.

However, every now and then – every 5% of the time my son goes fucking feral. Maybe he’s just too good, reaches his limit and needs to go bat shit crazy to release his inner demons, I don’t know.
Case in point, last week when upon Nursery pick up my husband was summoned to sign an Incident Form, because our darling boy had held his best friend in a headlock and wouldn’t let go.
Not only did he hold this kid down like Hulk Hogan high on Meth, he then refused to apologise and kept shuffling out of the ‘quiet corner’ where he been put to consider what he’d done.

Awesome sauce.

I was literally mortified and thanking every God under the Sun that I wasn’t the one picking him up that day. I mean what do you say? Do you say sorry? I’m sorry my child is a complete dick? I’m sorry my kid is such an arsehole? I was bloody awake at 3am with the Mummy Guilt going round and round.

How many incident forms can they get? Will my son be expelled? Is he heading for a life of violence and crime? 

Obviously something went on to kick it all off, I don’t know what exactly but there was no mention of him being provoked. I can only assume his friend had something he wanted or wasn’t doing what he wanted and so Finley completely lost his shit and went WWF on his arse. Which is completely unacceptable but what can I do about it now? Not having been there in the moment, what am I supposed to do retrospectively? This was something that happened five/ six hours ago which is an age in toddler land. No point in telling him off now, he wont link the cause and effect.

So when he was in the bath I just asked him some general questions about his day, did he eat all his dinner? did he have a nice nap? He chats away to me for a bit, unsuspecting.

Then I ask ‘ Did you see Freddie today?’ (the one he beat up)
NO , he says accompanied with an eye roll up towards the ceiling.
Bam! I’ve got you, you little toad! You know exactly what you did and that its bad because your lying to your Mummy from the very first question.

‘Did you make your friend cry today?’
NO’ he says raising his voice.
‘Did you hurt your friend today?’
‘NO’ he says squirming.
Caught myself a wriggler, he knows I know.

‘Its not nice when people cry is it?’ Not a word from him.
‘Its not very kind to hurt people, it makes them sad’ Not a peep.

At this point I let it go, I’ve done my best at this late stage to let him know that I know what he did and try to make him feel shitty about it. We go put his pajamas on, I get his warm milk and we snuggle up on the sofa to watch Puffin Rock. After about 20 minutes, he’s sitting on my lap, very quiet, he turns his head to me, cups my face in his hands and all sad voiced says

 ‘Freddie’.

Thank fuck for that, my faith is restored. I nearly jumped for joy but managed to control myself. He’s not some violent lunatic after all. He’s not gone completely feral!
And therefore by default – I am not a completely useless parent after all ! Woohoo!

When Your Toddler Goes Feral

25 thoughts on “When Your Toddler Goes Feral

  • November 2, 2015 at 11:52 am
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    Oh gosh, I'm dreading the first incident form we get from nursery! My daughter is quickly becoming feral and it's only a matter of time before we're called in to discuss her smashing another child into a window or knocking someone out with a board book or something! Sounds like you dealt with it really well though! #justanotherlinky

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  • November 2, 2015 at 11:52 am
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    Oh gosh, I'm dreading the first incident form we get from nursery! My daughter is quickly becoming feral and it's only a matter of time before we're called in to discuss her smashing another child into a window or knocking someone out with a board book or something! Sounds like you dealt with it really well though! #justanotherlinky

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  • November 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this so much. You dealt with it in such a lovely way by the sounds of it. My daughter is an angel most of the time but will have moments when she lashes out and I wonder where it comes from, so then I have to google and read its all 'normal' behaviour for a toddler/pre-schooler! Thank god for that! #fartglitter

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  • November 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this so much. You dealt with it in such a lovely way by the sounds of it. My daughter is an angel most of the time but will have moments when she lashes out and I wonder where it comes from, so then I have to google and read its all 'normal' behaviour for a toddler/pre-schooler! Thank god for that! #fartglitter

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  • November 3, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    Brilliant post. Even the best of kids go feral at times. I think you're OK as long as the teachers don't use words like 'challenging' at parents meeting. Having worked with little kids for many years I'd say there's a pretty good chance Freddie had it coming. Regardless I think you handled it perfectly.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

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  • November 3, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    Brilliant post. Even the best of kids go feral at times. I think you're OK as long as the teachers don't use words like 'challenging' at parents meeting. Having worked with little kids for many years I'd say there's a pretty good chance Freddie had it coming. Regardless I think you handled it perfectly.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

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  • November 3, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    Brilliant post. Even the best of kids go feral at times. I think you're OK as long as the teachers don't use words like 'challenging' at parents meeting. Having worked with little kids for many years I'd say there's a pretty good chance Freddie had it coming. Regardless I think you handled it perfectly.Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

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  • November 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    My eldest is 6 and still has feral moments. Only this weekend we went for a lovely autumnal walk. It was all good until it was time to return home. The big one went crazy because he was tired and didn't want to walk any more and the little one went crazy because he wanted to keep going in the other direction. Cue two parents dragging two screaming boys home and avoiding eye contact with any other adult! #MMWBH

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  • November 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    My eldest is 6 and still has feral moments. Only this weekend we went for a lovely autumnal walk. It was all good until it was time to return home. The big one went crazy because he was tired and didn't want to walk any more and the little one went crazy because he wanted to keep going in the other direction. Cue two parents dragging two screaming boys home and avoiding eye contact with any other adult! #MMWBH

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  • November 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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    Love this post. I walked in to pickup last week just as my daughter got done whooping up on some boy also. It happens (she says he started it)

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  • November 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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    Love this post. I walked in to pickup last week just as my daughter got done whooping up on some boy also. It happens (she says he started it)

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  • November 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Thank goodness I'm not on my own then!? My daughter behaves like an angel most of the time, and then something clicks and she goes wild! (usually with an audience – terrific!) It sounds like you dealt with this in a text book perfect way though, I will try this technique… Thank you for sharing! #fabfridaypost

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  • November 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Thank goodness I'm not on my own then!? My daughter behaves like an angel most of the time, and then something clicks and she goes wild! (usually with an audience – terrific!) It sounds like you dealt with this in a text book perfect way though, I will try this technique… Thank you for sharing! #fabfridaypost

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  • November 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    Oh no – my two go a bit bonkers at times. I think they just need to let it out by going mad lol. Thanks for linking up #justanotherlinky xx

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  • November 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    Oh no – my two go a bit bonkers at times. I think they just need to let it out by going mad lol. Thanks for linking up #justanotherlinky xx

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:13 am
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    Great parenting! You have dealt with this very well. I love how he held his hands over his face and feeling so guilty about his action. He is so sweet. What a great relief for you that must have been. I love happy endings. Great post! #Thank you for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost x

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  • November 6, 2015 at 10:13 am
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    Great parenting! You have dealt with this very well. I love how he held his hands over his face and feeling so guilty about his action. He is so sweet. What a great relief for you that must have been. I love happy endings. Great post! #Thank you for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost x

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  • November 6, 2015 at 11:57 pm
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    Oh no! Nicely done with the letting him know you knew though. I would have been mortified as well!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 11:57 pm
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    Oh no! Nicely done with the letting him know you knew though. I would have been mortified as well!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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    Ah, bless him. I remember having the same thought about expulsion when we got an incident form…although I can't remember what it was for now. We deal with any naughty things that happen at nursery in roughly the same way, although I talk to Little Miss A about it as soon after pick up as I can. Then it's over with.
    #FabFridayPost

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  • November 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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    Ah, bless him. I remember having the same thought about expulsion when we got an incident form…although I can't remember what it was for now. We deal with any naughty things that happen at nursery in roughly the same way, although I talk to Little Miss A about it as soon after pick up as I can. Then it's over with.
    #FabFridayPost

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  • November 10, 2015 at 2:20 am
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    Oh dear! I think it's a rare child that doesn't ever have moments of this. Be pleased you have one who doesn't do it most of the time & does think about it after – could be worse! 😀 Sounds well handled to me.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 2:20 am
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    Oh dear! I think it's a rare child that doesn't ever have moments of this. Be pleased you have one who doesn't do it most of the time & does think about it after – could be worse! 😀 Sounds well handled to me.

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  • November 14, 2015 at 12:06 am
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    I'm really hoping this doesn't happen to me. It would be really awkward because I work there!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 12:06 am
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    I'm really hoping this doesn't happen to me. It would be really awkward because I work there!

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