Thane was upset with me for having him hold my hand as we walked from school to the van. We had been exiting a back door where no one parks, but I switched because the kids are playing outside until pickup time this week.
I said, “I know you don’t like it, but I want to keep you safe because I love you.”
He replied in an upset tone. “I don’t want to love you! I don’t want to love you!” Then he sighed and said, “I love you.”
I thought it was great communication because I bet it is just what he was feeling.
Later the same day, we headed out to get Braeden from school. Thaney fell asleep in the car, so he didn’t notice me pick up Braeden, and he stayed asleep until after we got home. I stayed in the car with him for awhile, and when I finally woke him up he looked around and said:
“No Braeden. We didn't find her. Good try, Mama. We can try again. Maybe next time . . .”
I explained that we did pick up Braeden while he was asleep in the car, and that Braeden was in the house already. He took off for the house calling “Bwaeden!” at the top of his lungs, and flung himself at big brother when he found him.