There is a real clear pattern emerging with Jonathan; anything that is really exciting is too much to handle and he melts into one hot mess.
He’s sassy, he’s rude, he’s whinny, he’s very reactive. He just doesn’t know where to put all that energy and it bubbles and boils over the top until he’s screaming and thrashing out and I’m thinking drinking is a very reasonable coping mechanism.
As soon as the exciting thing has begun, and during and once it is complete, everything is hunkydorey, a-o-k, back to regular scheduled programming.
For a kid who can barely regulate himself on a mundane day, it’s easy to see how the blips of special school trips and birthdays can throw him over the edge.
Thank goodness we are generally boring people and we can continue to teach the everyday regulation (and by everyday I mean every. single. day…every hour…every minute), and in time hopefully be able to handle the blips a little better.
Now, somebody please pass the chips. And a beer.