Growing Pains

Life is seriously nutty and busy right now.  I’m not sure how I’m even rolling with all of this but I seem to be keeping up for the most part.  Ya know, except for the part where I am not very present on my blog or twitter or any other social media platform.  Yikes.

Jack is in one of those phases of “disequilibrium” or whatever.  He has been more difficult during the past two months or so.  He will straight up ignore someone who tries to say hello or if the person persists Jack will make a face and squeal.  He climbs on me and head butts me.  He has poked me in the face with a stir stick and thrown toys at me.  He was acting up when we went out to dinner with the family prior to the wedding, and at one point actually sat on the floor and kicked his feet.  He can’t stand for me to be on the phone for any length of time – he will either ask me a million questions or start climbing on me.  He dawdles when he is supposed to be getting ready to get out of the house, so his dad has instituted a “no dawdling chart” wherein he gets a sad face if he procrastinates getting dressed in the morning.  I need to get one going, too.  David has a magical ability to just threaten to institute the dawdling chart and that gets Jack in line, but when I try to do the same, I get ignored by the kid.  It’s pretty nerve-wracking.  One morning recently Jack refused to get dressed, told me he didn’t like his daycare provider and also didn’t like learning…I think he is feeling overwhelmed by his realization that there is so much that he needs to learn.

His behavior is normal, I know, but knowing that doesn’t keep me from being stressed out by it.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how best to get us through this period but so far haven’t come up with much.  The best thing I can think to do is to wait it out.  Growing up is hard, yo, even if you aren’t the one doing the actual growing.

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