Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Three Tantrums in Less Than 24 Hours. And Not By Me.

CANNOT TAKE THE DAILY SCHOOL-MORNING MELTDOWNS ANY LONGER. Am considering running away from home and/or paying a grandmother to come and live with us. Seriously, you all: five years old? kindergarten? sudden-onset constant sassiness and defiance? KICKING MY ASS.

7 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

I really thought that going to school was going to be the most traumatic experience in the world for my son since he had never been in a separation class before. Amazingly, he can't wait to get on the bus every morning. I guess he was tired of me. Perhaps this won't last, but I can't imagine what I would do if I had to drag him out the door. I feel for you!

Shan said...

Thankfully, the tantrums are not about not liking school or not wanting to go to school. They are just general meltdowns over random things like her toast not having the exact formation of honey on top of it or her socks being wrong. I guess it could be worse. But every day the mornings are a serious trial over here. I can't take it anymore! And it's only October! There's a lot of school year left!

Mom said...

Grandma has been there, done that, not looking for a job. Your turn. This too shall pass, as quickly as it began.

Mnmom said...

It IS about school - it's about her little realization that this is now her life, every day, for a very long time.

Mine threw many elementary school fits about clothes, homework, breakfast, lunch, boots, mittens, the bus, playdates, etc.

Here's one safety valve we used. We told all three that every school year they could have two "mental health vacation days" off from school. IF they were getting good grades and IF they had not missed much school otherwise.

It seemed to take the pressure off. Kids have a hard time remembering that they have built-in breaks, days off, etc.

The best option, that's the hardest to stick to but the best in the long run, is to put her toast on a plate and give HER the honey. It's her job now. Work yourself out of a job.

Sorry about my long comment!

Shan said...

Mnmom--YES! That's exactly what we told her this a.m.: you have 2 choices: you either do not complain about the breakfast a parent has made for you and eat it without fuss, or you begin making your own breakfast, starting tomorrow. She cried, but now she's set to do her own toast tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

MargaretDesign said...

You might like to check out my daughters blog yoyreggio@blogspot.com You are in similar boats and I comment on her blog as Mom all the time. I look forward to following your blog. I found you while looking for a roasted tomato sauce recipe. Thanks for that!

MargaretDesign said...

Thanks for the tomato sauce recipe! That's how I found you. You might like to check out my daughter's blog as you have some common interests and situations. I comment on her blog all the time as I see your Mom does. yoyoreggio@blogspot.com