Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lowering the Boom

A couple weeks ago I was lamenting the fact that I had very little to do compared to when the kids were little and was starting to feel superfluous in their lives.

I shouldn't have worried.

Doodlebug still requires all the parenting skills (and then some) that I employed when he was 3 - direct and constant supervision, redirection, discipline... and now, because he's older, consequences.

Between last Tuesday and today, I've had to deal with him:

-- Sneaking into his sister's room after lights-out time... twice... in a single night

-- Stealing his sister's iPod Touch and using it to watch Minecraft videos... after lights-out... while hiding in the game room closet... less than 5 hours after he returned from spending a weekend at my mom's

-- Trying to, yet again, reverse his days and nights by sleeping in the middle of the afternoon (this one is a constant problem and requires constant vigilance [CONSTANT VIGILANCE!] and redirection while ignoring the myriad squawks and tears and hooting and boneless flopping that go along with it)

-- Getting out of bed at 8:20 when he knows that school has to start at 8:30 if he wants to go to swim and still have free time at the end of the day

-- Stealing candy from the candy jar in the middle of the night and/or whenever Mom's back is turned

-- Making every other day-to-day interaction more difficult due to age, hormones, and/or mental issues.

I am exhausted.

I am done.

It just reminds me of the 2009 study about the stress level in moms whose kids have autism spectrum disorders.  Combat soldier?  That's about right.

1 comment:

Beth said...

Aww :( He'll even back out again! He always does and be sweet and loving boy again. It may be 10 years - but he'll be there again! Deep breaths. Lots of wine.