from a website I was reading:
"(Washington, D.C.) April 17, 2006 - Parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) express frustration when their children experience emotional meltdowns for seemingly no reason. "
So I am expressing my frustration. AAHHHH!!!
Meltdowns at our house by our 8-year-old are quite frequent. And usually unpredictable "seemingly for no reason."
The other day he got it in his head that he wanted to buy a kite. We got in the car after Brennen's baseball game. Andy said "Now we can go get my kite." I said "No we can't. It is almost 8:00, time to go home and get ready for bed". Major meltdown time. In the car.
He won't quit the 10 to 15 minute ride. I took away computer time for the next day. More meltdown.
I know. You are thinking, "Just do (whatever)". "Just stop the car and (whatever)." If you haven't experienced these kind of irrational meltdowns you just don't get it. (I don't get it either actually). I have four other children and they don't have meltdowns, like this. Yes, there have been typical childhood tantrums, but not like child #3. Believe me, this is different, and very frustrating. (Child #2 had some pretty good ones, but only when he was younger).
We have had these battles and meltdowns for years, but as he gets older they seem to be getting worse. I just haven't found any answers yet. Stay calm? Don't fight back? Ignore it? Easier said than done.
I know he needs to learn how to calm himself down . . . If only I could figure out a way to teach that to him.