We’ve talked a lot about how spoiled we are with Avi (not the other way around!) – he is so verbal and so awesome and most of the time he is a joy to be around. He’s funny and observant and so clever that I’m constantly writing down the things he says because I don’t want to miss any part of his hilarious kid logic.
He is also turning five at the end of this week, and I’ve decided that is worse than the terrible two’s and the trying three’s and whatever alliterative nomenclature exists for four year olds.
All of a sudden, five is old enough to talk back to your parents.
Five is screaming and stomping.
Five is entitlement.
Five is loopholes.
Five is “not fair!”
Five is presenting the illusion of reasoning ability when the reality is he’s one “no” away from a tantrum.
Where is this coming from?!
I’m so frustrated with the unpredictability of it all. Literally one minute we are walking hand in hand to a picnic, and he’s talking up a storm and being cute and awesome. The next we’re at said picnic and he’s “shooting” my friends with a finger gun and claiming it’s just a hose when I call him on it because he knows damn well he isn’t allowed to have/pretend/whatever anything that shoots. He used to be painfully shy around both adults and other kids, and is certainly capable of falling back into that depending on the environment we’re in, but more often than not with other adults now he’s the opposite: show-offy, obnoxious and even physical.
It’s especially out of control at family/friend gatherings any time we try to leave while he is having fun. Recently we’ve instituted a strategy to just remove him immediately if things escalate/deteriorate, and last night, for the second time in a week, he left a family party without getting to say goodbye to anyone in attendance. It sucks. It absolutely, totally, completely sucks. For him, for everyone else. But I believe it would be worse if we just let him five it out (yes, I’ve made that a verb). He hasn’t quite gotten the calming down/recovery part down yet, but we’re working on it. I want to help him more with that, but I’m just so frustrated.
I know. I KNOW. He’s only five. I say that all the time. And I say it knowing that this is a relatively new phase and that’s why it’s so frustrating. We don’t know how to fix it. Yet. But we know it’s a phase so we’re throwing everything we can at it to nip it in the bud. Because it sucks. Have I mentioned how much it sucks?!
So, yeah. The frustrating fives. I’m sorry, everyone. Hopefully we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon.