Friday, July 27, 2012

Bad Day Bryce

Bryce continues in his difficult post-kindergarten phase.  Yesterday was a BAD day for Mr. Bryce.  He woke up at 5:15am and got into bed with me.  I knew right away this was not a good start to the day for him.  He'd had a tough bedtime and clearly it had carried over into the morning.  Before I left for work at 7:30, he'd already been to time out twice and had been fighting with Piper incessantly.  I blame him for those fights because he is the one that put her into a bad mood by waking her up.  I hoped that when I left with Nana and BigDad taking over that things would settle down as they often do.

I didn't hear anything from my MIL through the day and assumed everything was okay.  I knew that they'd gone swimming though because Caroline had emailed me in the middle of the day to tell me that they did.  But when I got home, Jason's first comment to me was, "Did my mom call you today about Bryce?"  Um, no.  Grrrreat.

Apparently he'd given my MIL a very hard time in the morning getting ready to go swimming and he was so difficult that my MIL punished him by making him stay home with my FIL and not be able to watch TV.  My poor FIL couldn't watch the afternoon baseball game and by mistake my MIL took his lunch with her to the pool.  (Poor guy!)  But they made Bryce's punishment stick and for that I am truly grateful.  My MIL is very good with my kids and I appreciate that she realizes that she's got to be tough on them when they act up.

And based on Bryce's behavior, his punishment continued through the evening with no playing outside.  He made dinner difficult to refusing to eat it and we stuck to our guns and he eventually sat down and ate.  He was pretty much a mess the entire evening though and ended up in time out again for harassing Piper.

Thankfully bedtime proved to be okay and he woke up at his normal time this morning so here's hoping yesterday is in the past and today will be better.  I can't express how much I appreciate my MIL and FIL's patience with him.  I know how much they love him and what a good kid he can be on his normal days.  Plus I know my MIL's philosophy that with three kids one of them is always going through a phase so I know she realizes that this too shall pass.

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