Peanut has some difficult developmental growth since the end of Winter Break. He returned to school last week with a host of behavioral challenges. Same thing happened at home. It seemed like a different kid came to our house overnight and acted like Peanut. I am pulling my hair dealing with all these changes every day.
He gets upset very easily, and the same is for crying. Once or twice a day he switches on the attitude and decides to be a baby, meaning that he only knows how to point and babble at things he needs/wants, and refuses to use his words.
At school he refused to participate, and clung onto the teacher’s hip the entire day. Today upon dropping off he told me he was scared, and did not want me to leave him there. One of the teachers quickly scooped him up into her arms and asked me to walk away immediately. At picked up he said he hated everything — his friends, his artwork (which he wanted to tear it off and throw it away), his rug space, his chair, his toilet…almost everything at school.
It’s frustrating, but I know that his brain is working on overdrive with so much going on at this age. So part of me is relieved that he is normal; it takes more on my part to find ways to help him growing in a positive way.
But it is still stressful and frustrating, no less.
Last night I read the “The Ways I Feel” book about different feelings and emotions. Today I tried a new technique to get him learning to draw those feelings out. He likes drawing, so this technique seemed to work.
He wanted the Minion face-paint, so I pulled out my face-painting kit. He also drew a horse, then later he said it was a hare. Either way, both begin with the letter “H” which is his favorite letter.
His collection of launching rockets; they were actually glitter pens.
Here he was, telling me his feelings — sad, happy, and scared. I just taped a few large pieces of white paper on two walls in our dining room, and let him walk around with markers and glitter pens. Whenever he threw a tantrum, or just wanted to be a “babbling baby,” I asked him to draw his feelings out if he chose not to use words.
Cross my fingers…I hope this new technique will help him, and most importantly, it will help me to stay in my sane zone.
Mr. O is off to the boonies again for a whole week. I need my sanity!!!