Ever Wonder Why Your Kid Goes From Angelic to Monster After School? Here’s Why!
I have a lot of experience in this particular topic.
You wake up early in the morning, get your kids ready for school, get out the door to take them to school and all seems well in the world. Then, you pick them up and that little angel that you dropped off in the morning suddenly becomes a terror. Screaming, kicking, yelling and demands fly as you just try to get them home and put a snack in their belly.
If you feel, as a parent, that you are alone on this, you are definitely not.
According to an article from Today's Parent, parenting educator Andrea Loewen Nair is familiar with this concept. In fact, she has created a name for it -- "after-school restraint collapse".
Kids do what they need to in order to ‘be good’ or keep the peace. After they’ve done that all day, they get to the point where they just don’t have the energy to keep this restraint, and it feels like a big bubble that needs to burst.
Experts also say, according to an article from Simplemost, that children hold in energy until they have a "safe place" to release it. Those safe places include parents' laps, their bedroom floor, or anywhere they can just let it all go.
What do experts say you should do to help make the transition easier? The piece in Simplest suggests that instead of asking a million questions about their day, play soothing music on the way home. Also, use positive reinforcement and compliments about their day, "Your teacher said you were good today. I'm proud of you. You make us happy."
On top of all of that, they are exhausted, hungry and thirsty after a day of learning.
Let us know if you are in the same boat as I am when it comes to cranky young ones after school.