Things have been a bit, well, tense around our house lately. Seemingly out of the blue my daughter’s behavior has been explosive – unpredictable and unprompted. She’ll lash out verbally and physically, launching us into a power struggle of me trying to put an end to the behavior while she does her best to show me she doesn’t intend to be stopped.
I was feeling a bit lost about it all until I realized: I’ve seen this behavior before. Just about one year ago, in fact, Nora had been acting the same way. How had I not seen this sooner? We’ve slogged through this once before, when she started preschool for the first time. Though part time, the schedule was much busier for her and she went through a period of adjustment with behavior similar to what we’re experiencing now. The school part may not be new, but I had been intentionally packing her days with activity, with the intent of getting her used to a full day with all-day kindergarten next year. Just like last year, the girl simply needs time to adjust.