|self-portrait of de-Man in his converse. he's got places to go...|
There are days (weeks? months?) when motherhood feels overwhelming, especially in regards to various stages my kids may be going through. The oldest boy has been in a funk for a long time, and there are days when I think it might do me in.
Not that I want to blame his behavior on any particular time, but really, almost two years ago things turned upside down in his world and I don't think he's been the same since. First, he got a baby brother. Six weeks later he turned three. A week later he had a grandpa move in, and he often had a hard time getting along with him. He's been on an emotional roller-coaster ever since. I'm not quite sure how to get him off.
This boy is really a fun kid. He's happy and silly, always making jokes and trying to lighten the mood. He can be really sweet to others when he decides to be. Oh, is he sensitive. But he has also been quick to anger lately, frequently yelling about how rude everyone/thing is over the simplest requests. His moods change quickly and are rather unpredictable. Getting him to accomplish a task, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant the task may be, regularly turns into a show-down. His current desires revolve around screen time and sugar, things that would be gone if I had my way, leaving him always wanting more.
I know he is bound for great things. I've felt it since he was tiny. But I think he's at a point where I've tried to let things slide and coax him along as much as possible. I'm needing some serious parental inspiration.
I'm grateful that I can find answers from an eternal source with much more parental wisdom than I currently possess. I'll be digging deep for answers for just what this boy needs.
Any 4-year-old boy wisdom is definitely welcome.