3-year-old aggressive with baby brother
My 3-year-old daughter has struggled on and off since our son was born 9 months ago. She's in a phase where she gets this wild energy around him and HAS to be on top of him- jumping on/near him, pinching him, grabbing him, singing (screaming) in his face. It's like a compulsion that she can't stop. I keep them apart as much as possible when I see her going into one of these moods, but I also don't want to discourage her from playing with him or think she's in trouble because of him. Sometimes she's super sweet with him and I want to foster their bond, not pit them against each other. I react patiently the first 5 times it happens, but then I admit that I start to lose my cool and get mad. I feel like I'm failing by not helping her to process these big emotions she's obviously experiencing. Any advice or similar experiences out there? Does this sound like a normal reaction on her part, in terms of how frequently the behavior is happening? This is really weighing on me and is starting to affect my relationship with my daughter, which is the last thing I want to happen. Thanks for any insight.