I had an incredibly bad morning.
I'm not naming names, but one of my sons was being so grouchy and grumpy this morning that I wanted to drop kick him off the back porch.
All I could think of was I can't wait to drop this kid off at preschool and get him away from me.
Instead, I filled his back pack with books and crayons and said "You are going to work with me today."
The other one immediately said "Hey, I wanna go to work with you." But I told him that he was going to school, and only his brother would be coming with me.
I don't know if this is the answer to an overly grumpy child. But I'm doing what my intuition as a mom told me to do. I feel like part of this kid's issue is that maybe he just wants some attention. One problem with having twins is that they almost always do everything together. Usually when I give their dad a break, I do something with BOTH of them. And vice versa. It's much more rare for us to set aside specific one on one time. It usually only happens in the form of grocery shopping.
Okay, so bringing him to work is not the most fun one on one time. But I'm trying to make it fun for him.
On the way in, we stopped at the convenience store and I let him pick out a Hostess snack and a jug of milk (of course he picked strawberry). Now he's sitting and "reading" while I work. Later on just the two of us will go eat lunch where ever he wants. And this afternoon I'll probably let him put some quarters in the junk food machine. (Which I've never let him do before).
I'm disappointed at myself for losing my temper with him this morning. But I'm proud of myself for deciding to handle this situation by not punishing him, but trying to figure out what the real problem is (his need for attention) and fixing it by giving him something he is needing.