Parenting Highs and Lows
This weekend and the days leading up to it were a study in parenting highs and lows.
Thursday: After school, Lil D and Lil C lace up the velcro straps on their skates, grab their hockey sticks and have a blast on the local outdoor rink with three of their little buddies. By the end of the hour and a half they were both getting up and down and skating around. Dinner and bedtime were a breeze.
Friday: After school, we repeat Thursday’s outdoor fun and then both families go out for dinner at The Wellington Diner. We have the whole upstairs to ourselves so the kids can be as unruly as they need to be. I personally am pleased with some of the menu changes they have made there; I had a tilapia and avocado sandwich with salad.
Saturday: After an active morning, we take the boys to the mall to have a quick lunch and get haircuts. Lil D decides he doesn’t want a haircut. He tells that to everyone at the mall in a very loud voice. This is the second time I have carried him out of that particular mall kicking and screaming. Of course, this time, I run into two couples I know who give me “I feel sorry for you” smiles and waves as I exit trying to avoid flailing limbs.
Lil C got a really good haircut.
Lil D continued his rant at home so he spent a whole hour in his room with Derek guarding the door. It may have worked because he was relatively well-behaved the rest of the weekend.
Lil D’s outbursts are very hard to handle. Or maybe I just don’t know how to handle them. I’m told he will grow out of them when his emotional self catches up with his intellectual self, but will he? I told my dad that he will either grow out of them or he will end up in jail.
Derek says he’s seen other five-year olds having tyrannical outbursts like Lil D’s. I don’t think I have.
When he has calmed down, Lil D tells us that he doesn’t know why he acts like that. He often doesn’t remember (or says that he doesn’t remember) what set him off.
I wrote about these outbursts back in November. I think since then they have become less frequent. But still…
Has anyone else experienced this? Do they really grow out of this? Or do I need to get some outside intervention?