Marme and E and WC

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The “witching” hour

on February 1, 2012

I hesitate to use that term but it’s the only words I know to describe that hour in the early evening when all toddlers find just about everything in the world to be cranky about. E is no exception.

Everything he wants to do is answered with a “no”, which means everything he wants to do is harmful, dangerous or destructive. And unfortunately it falls right around dinner prep time which also means that he wants on the kitchen counter where there are all kinds of dangerous objects right at his fingertips: the toaster oven, the KitchenAid mixer, the stove, the can opener, the coffepot and an assortment of knives at any given time. Wrangling him during this time is a feat of great dexterity and perseverance.

The “witching” hour is right about the time when E’s mommy comes home from work and wants to be greeted by a happy child. Mind you, just a few minutes before she walked in he was laughing and playing with me at the park after I picked him up from daycare. But when 6 o’clock rolls along, he is done. Everything, and I mean everything, bothers him.

Interestingly enough, once the clock strikes 7pm, he gets his mojo back and has a most enjoyable time before heading off to bed. I suppose he’s not much different than the rest of us. At the end of the day we are spent. All we want to do is relax and unwind. He just doesn’t know how to communicate that to us yet. Right now he whines, moans and cries. He’s probably just as frustrated as we are.

What can I say? It’s a learning process all over again. It’s amazing to me how much I forgot in 30 years time. Or perhaps I just had selective amnesia. <grin>


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