As I sit in my car at the school bus stop, waiting to pick up my daughter, my son screams repeatedly that he wants to “go in the seat”.
I can’t recall how it started, but it has been going on for about six minutes. (That might not seem like a long time to you, but please, allow me to trap you in a car on a freezing cold day with a screaming 3-year-old. Your perception of time will never be the same again.)
He has reduced himself to tears. He has had a coughing fit from screaming. I have tried cajoling him, distracting him, talking to him. Nothing works. He has resorted to alternating between a near deafening scream and the repeated mantra, “I wan go in yer seat!”
I had a headache when I picked him up at preschool. I have a migraine now.
And this afternoon started off with hugs and kisses.
What is a frazzled mom to do?
Why do toddlers do this?
I’m not really looking for answers, but if you’ve got some, or ways to avoid/rectify/handle this situation, please share.