This morning's temper tantrum brought to you by...my 6 year old!
My 6 year old has a penchant for tantrums. Always had - which is rough on us because our older 2 never really tantrumed (yes I know all kids are different) but it is sooo draining.
He's gotten SO much better lately - until this morning.
I swear this kid grew 2 inches over night. Last week - heck YESTERDAY - his pants fit. This morning? Every pair we tried on was highwaters. So, I dug around all over and found a pair that fits him lengthwise and just needed a belt.
O.M.G. They're a little...*gasp*...LOOSE! They're not falling down, they're not riding his hips or showing his underwear, they just feel a little loose. Which sparked a 35 minute meltdown.
Screaming, stomping, throwing, crying, etc. I calmly told him that it is HIS job to pack his backpack and brush his teeth and I could see that he hadn't done these things. If he didn't do it, he'd go to school with stinky breath, no folder or homework, and no shoes (there's snow so he wears boots to school with shoes in the backpack).
I reminded him of this - sometimes loudly - 4 or 5 times in that 35 minute meltdown.
He didn't do it. So, I made him get his snowpants/coat/boots on (which was a miracle that worked) and we left. He screamed the ENTIRE way to the bus (we have to drive to the bus stop - weird I know). I warned the bus driver of his morning, and called his teacher to explain why he didn't have shoes to change into.
And now - at barely 8:00am - I'm exhausted, and sad, and upset. What a way to start the day.
What would you have done?
(oh - and NO - he has no disabilities, not any spectrums, just an opinionated, strong-willed, emotional kid).