I’m officially sending out a cry for help, from my blog to you.
I need your help as I am wading my way through a kind of summer labyrinth, a maze of mood swings and unusual, unpredictable dislikes from the toddler.
Let me introduce you to his current list of disdain.
#1 – Movies
Some of our local theatres are showing FREE kids matinee movies this summer. I researched the schedule and let my son know that we could go see Puss in Boots the following morning because it would be too hot for the park or outside play (106 degrees that day). He was all excited and in to it.
That morning, he wakes up in a horrible mood and says no way is he going to any movie. He actually wakes up “in a mood” fairly often and then snaps out of it later so I didn’t pay much attention and off we went.
45 minutes in, I’m embarrassingly walking out with my son after he won’t stop yelling (in between mouth fulls of popcorn), “Bad Movie! Let’s Go. I’m going home NOW!”.
*Disclaimer: I actually took him to see Puss In Boots when it was a new release in the theatre. He sat for the while movie, loved it and asked to see it again.
#2 – Water
As in swimming and/or water parks of any kind. I’ve made several offers to take him swimming and his favorite park even has fountains with water that squirt up from the ground. My son will not even go near them. He will let me push him in the swings or will sit and eat a snack as long as not a drop of water touches his body. No matter how hot it is outside. I’m generally fine with this but now that we are up to triple digit weather, it’s not even safe and mama ain’t doing it.
#3 – Play Areas
He has also decided he does not like any of the play areas at our local malls. Too loud, too many kids.
#4 – Story Time
We go to the library at least once a week and he has no say about this. This is one of our outings that is also for me. I love the library and he always ends up finding books and having me read to him, even on the days he protests going.
But not on the day they have Story Time, oh no. He’s NOT going in to Story Time, even with me right there with him.
So let’s review:
- no movies
- no swimming
- no mall play areas
- no story time
And it’s not even July. Did I mention we are already in triple digit weather and it’s not going to get better from here?
What he will do is watch cartoons or movies on Netflix at home. Which is ok but I limit his t.v. time and I don’t think watching shows all day every day is good for anyone. He needs exercise and activity, fresh air and some sun light.
And I fully admit, I loose my mind being cooped up in the house all day every day.
He is my beautiful little Rubik’s Cube and the only way I ever won that game was by taking it apart and putting it back together.
You can’t cheat like that with a three year old…can you?
We still have two more months of summer left and I’m bumping in to walls, unable to find my way out of this maze, with no idea how to keep the toddler entertained and happy. Two More Months.
Or at least send ice cream. With gummy bears.