Awww the lazy days of summer where you relax with your children by the pool. Each day is filled with fun and silliness. Your family collapses into a delightful slumber at the end of a memorable and exhilarating day.
Unless……you have the day that I had.
My week started out unexpectedly when I found out Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. that there was no room for A.J. at summer camp THAT DAY. Granted I’d just signed up online Sunday afternoon. BUT STILL. The phone call from the camp administrator that camp was indeed at capacity, shook me to my core. I had a to-do list that was a mile long. Now I’d found out we were going to be together all day and I was going to be his sole play mate.
Meltdown at the Library
Thank goodness for the Dekalb Public Library book of summer activities another mommy friend had passed along.
I flipped a few pages and found out there was a physics show that afternoon we could attend at the Chamblee library, as long as we got there on time.
SIDE NOTE: Summer story times at the public library is like trying to get into a hip hop club on All-Star Weekend. It.Is.Packed.
I had a feeling that since this was a science demonstration, that children would be selected to come up to the front of the room to join in the fun. I’d started to see a trend with A.J. where he becomes incredibly agitated if he’s NOT PICKED. I gave him a gentle warning that he may not be picked. He seemed to understand. I thought.
My highly verbal child who you’ve seen help me review cars and review toys had no words. Just tears and gasps – all the indicators of a meltdown.
He wasn’t picked. He couldn’t take it. His world was crashing around him.
I had to carry him out of the library meeting room, go to the bathroom to wash his face, then hold him for about 20 minutes in the hallway until he had fully regained control of himself.
Comment below: How do you handle your children’s public meltdowns? At what age do they tend to taper off or stop completely?
It made me think about how to explain even more hurtful life events to him.
I’ve explained to him a few times when there’s a newsworthy story where someone was victimized because they were Black. He says, “That’s not fair” and doesn’t dwell on it too much.