It is amazing how quickly the tides can change where children are concerned. When I left for vacation I was frazzled, tired and even feeling some desperation about my son’s behavior. I’ve been back for four days now and he has yet to even visit the naughty mat. His manners have been absolutely impeccable and he has been a downright pleasure to be around. I have rediscovered my sweet child and it is such a refreshing change.
So, my question now is, what happened? Did his grandparents, unbeknownst to me, put him through some sort of old school behavioral boot camp while I was away? Did I need a break from him so that I could relax and refocus my energy on the positive instead of feeling exhausted and focused on the negative? Did he just need a break from me? Or, is it possible that he has turned a corner and grown up a little? I’d like to think that it is the latter but I am well aware that my frustration level with him was palpable and that a vacation from being a constant disciplinarian was just what the doctor, and my son, ordered. Perhaps, though, we are on the tail end of this difficult phase.
Maybe my son’s self-control is starting to kick in. Could it be that his room wrecker days are behind him and holes in the walls are no longer a legitimate concern? I need to check under the hairline at the base of his neck to see if the “666” has faded. If it has, perhaps I will be ready to retrieve the heavy object from their random hiding places throughout the house and move them back into his room.