Hi everyone! Hope your October not-so-babies are doing well. Mine started public kindergarten yesterday and it went really well. He came home happy, says he made friends, and his teacher seems very sweet. I guess I'm lucky that California's cut-off date is still December 1.
I have a question about the almost-five-year-olds. Niv cries about EVERYTHING these days. He asks a question. I'm not exactly clear on what he's asking, so I give him the best answer I can. It's not quite what he was after. He starts crying instead of asking a follow-up question. (I've tried to tell him that if I don't quite understand what he's asking, he should try asking in a different way. This also makes him cry. Sigh.)
I tell him he needs to play with some toys, that it's not time to watch TV. TANTRUM. Oh my G-D! How can Mommy make me PLAY?!
The other day, I had to FORCE him to go outside and play for half an hour. He started bargaining, saying he'd only play for 20 minutes. He spent 45 minutes crying about how he didn't want to go outside and play before he actually went out, and then he spent another 10 minutes crying before he and his brother actually found out that, shockingly, playing is FUN.
It's just been really frustrating with him lately. He wanted to do a (48-piece) puzzle this morning (great!). He insisted that he "can't" do it, even though his 2.5-year-old brother is perfectly happy to sit down with a puzzle and at least give it a try (and usually eventually succeeds). I gave him some tips to get started (we've done plenty of puzzles together. He's no newbie). He sat there with a pile of puzzle pieces in front of him, whimpering and crying. I don't get it.
I've read that this is fairly normal in the months leading up to turning 5, but I'm going a little batty. I'm due any day now with our third, and I don't have the patience for all the whimpering, whining, and crying. (Whining, I kind of take for granted, with an almost-5-year-old and a 2.5-year-old, but the whimpering and outright screaming tantrums kind of get to me.) Plus, I can't man-handle him (he's 56 pounds) the way I would have if he needs to be in timeout or whatever, so I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling or lecturing myself hoarse, only to have the same conversations day after day.
Maybe I just needed to vent. Haha. Okay, everybody vent about your almost-5-year-olds! :)