My son is four now. We talk about him being four all of the time. He is about to change rooms at his preschool and he is excited since several of his friends are already there.
When you are a parent, you get excited when you see positive changes in your child's behavior. His pull-up has been dry every day and night for three days. It's like a light bulb when off and he is suddenly getting it. He has been making good decisions when we are out in public. For instance, we were in a toy store this weekend where he could play while I shopped. I gave him a five minute, two minute and one minute warning about us leaving. When I announced that it was time to go, he stood up and said, OK. That never happened before. I was so proud.
Sometimes though his behavior suddenly turns on a dime and all the positive changes go out the window. You try to stay consistent and hold the line, but then you get tired. What did I do wrong?
This morning we went to a birthday party. As we walked up the stairs to the house, his behavior immediately turned even though I reminded him constantly in the car how to act. He screamed, he punched, he hit, he pushed, he ran from me, etc. It was like he became another person compleletely as he crossed the threshold. With every mis-step, I took away a day of TV time. He officially lost 7 days of TV time in that one hour.
Tomorrow I return to work and he returns to preschool. Our life gets back on its normal schedule. We need that. We need routine. And dare I say it, we need some time apart. The two of us have been inseparable for most of the holiday. For the past two days, it's only been the two of us. My social kid finally got some social interaction besides me and when he got it, he was so excited he could not calm down.
I don't know. Right now it just feels like we two huge steps forward in many things and this morning, we just fell down and watched it crash all around us. I need to go to work.