Wondered if anyone had any words of wisdom to share on the dreaded smearing!
My wee boy has always done a little bit of smearing, usually when he is having a tough time of it. The last time he did it a lot was when he started nursery. Its started up again now he is starting school, but boy he seems to have stepped it up a gear. He had his first induction day at school today and reacted by coming home and destroying his bedroom. (To the extent I had to lift the carpet). Unfortunately he also destroyed his new "calming down" den which was proving a great help in relaxing him after tantrums and getting him to sleep through the night.
Interestingly its got a bit of a new pattern to it, as he is now actually covering himself in poo and also using the poo to do little scientific experiments (he covered his spinning toys in it today to see what would happen - end result it flew all up the walls!). I'd always regarded it as a bit of a protest to being told off, but I'm wondering now if its a sensory stimulant. (He also covered himself in suncream and fairy liquid today, at various points of the day).
Anyway, sorry if I've grossed you out. I've grossed myself out after 3 hours of cleaning up! I just could do with anyone's advice on why he might do it and how i might handle it/discourage it. I have always completely ignored it in the past, but I did end up talking to him about it tonight.