Thursday, September 10, 2009

Neva Eva

Oh Bryce,
You really have been quite difficult lately. So much so that we've been at our wits end with you several times. All the screaming and yelling has really started to hurt my soul. Everything makes you scream and cry, it seems. We've been trying to figure out what's going on with you and mostly we have decided that it's your age (turning 4) and all the extra attention that Caroline has received lately with her big transition to kindergarten. Aside from that, you've also had your own changes too with moving up to the bigger kid classroom at school and no longer having your big sister there. We realize that this is a tough time, but we really need you to cut us some slack.

Starting the mornings off the past few days has been more that I can handle. You get so upset and angry that no one can calm you down. I know that sometimes Caroline really makes you angry about something but there is no need to take it out on the rest of us. And sometimes, it's not even Caroline, sometimes it's something as simple as picking out what cereal you want for breakfast.

And lately, you're starting to pick on Piper more too. You think her head is a drum or that her just walking by is a reason to reach out and tackle her. I know some of it is loving, but a lot of times you end up making her scream.

And your newest thing that makes us crazy? Your constant use of the word "never." In fact, we hear you saying "neva eva" ALL.THE.TIME. What is the deal, little dude? Why is everything "neva eva?" "I'm not going to brush my teeth - neva eva!"

I know that you are a big boy and very capable of doing lots of big boy things like brushing your teeth, getting dressed, turning on lights, but at the drop of a hat you suddenly become voluntarily incompetent and need one of us to help you do something that just the day before you insisted on doing yourself.

I know this is a tough time for you and that these are typical growing pains, but lately we've just been exhausted by you. Nothing like having your grandparents walk in at 7:30am to hear you screaming and kicking the bathroom door with both feet. I'm tired of giving you time outs so often and hearing your whining and screaming. Please, Bryce, meet us halfway. We love you so much, no matter what, but lately, your behavior has been a bit hard to take.

mommy & daddy


Anonymous said...

Change the he to che and the boy to girl and the Bryce to Makenzie (and minus the big sister parts) and you just wote a letter to Makenzie!

It's gotta be the age - I swear!

Hang in there! You're not alone with this!

~ Viv

Katie said...

Solidarity Mommas! It is the age! Stay strong!
We're coming off a tough few months with Emily.
In fact, a few weeks ago, I was begging to go back to work b/c I didn't think I could stand it anymore. But, ebb & flow and now we're in a better groove. Thankfully preschool is starting now and that will help out.

Oh CIA....are you reading this????? Let's forward our blogs to the Joint Chiefs. With me? Give me an army of preschoolers and I'll conquer the world.