After being stuck in the house for a couple of days, we decided we'd take Noah to the big indoor play place with the big inflated slides and stuff. He was talking about the big slides on the way there.
Once we got there, something didn't set well with him and he started clinging to Ching and wouldn't go into the play area. This is phase one of his meltdowns. Kinda silent refusal. Sometimes we can coax him out of this. Sometimes we have to be more forceful and physically carry him or move him along. If we can coax and move and be patient, sometimes he'll be ok and things are fine.
Other times he just melts down. He will lay on the floor and wrap his arms around Ching's legs and cry NO NO NO...
This usually ends in me picking him up and carrying him out of wherever we are and getting him into his car seat. You know how tall and strong his is, so you know this is no easy task.
This is the second time we've had to come home from trying to take him to go play. The other time was at the park. Same thing, he wanted to go to the park, and then when we got there he refused to go play, refused to go home, refused everything.
Both times we came home and put him in his room for a few minutes and everyone cooled off and he was fine. The rest of the evening he acts like nothing happened.
We just don't know what to do. He is so epically stubborn. These episodes aren't pretty. And later we feel horrible.
5 years ago