6-year-old rage

Lora writes:

"My 6 year old (he turned 6 in November, is in kindergarten) has always
been energetic, friendly, helpful, and generally happy.  Over the past 2
weeks or so, his mood has really started changing.  He's become much
more aggressive, back talky, tells me he hates me all the time, and
completely unpredictable.  His sleep is normal, he is in a phase where
he's eating like a teenager, he's doing fine at school and mostly fine
at his after school program.  Last week he got sent home from his after
school program for kicking a teacher and the next day he kicked a
student.  He's always been very energetic, but never showed any
maliciousness.  Thursday and Friday were good days, so maybe that was
just temporary.  But at home he's really acting out.  I'm trying so hard
to maintain some composure and set limits, but his unpredictable rage
and my feeling of walking-around-on-eggshells is really wearing me out. 
Is this normal?  I really hate to put this in writing, but it's been
consuming my brain — could these be signs of bullying or some sort of

Six is not a known jerky stage. Seven is, but six is often a repreive year, in which they can do a lot and have more emotional reserves–in other words: equilibrium.

That's not the case for all kids, of course, but many of them seem to have "a good year" at six (better than five and certainly better than seven, at least).

There is something that made you write to me and something that made you mention the bullying or abuse, and you're good to follow your mom spidey sense. It does seem like maybe something's taxing him. I don't think it's necessarily as serious as abuse or bullying, though. It could be changes that are making him work so hard to process them that he has nothing left for social graces or mood control in afterschool or at home.

Things I'm thinking about could be things like having his seat changed in class so he's next to someone he has conflict with, learning new skills at school that he's not confident about and is struggling with, some new kind of food he's ingesting at school that has something that's irritating his system (artificial dyes or sweeteners would be my first guesses), something other kids are talking about that are scaring him (movies or tv shows or stories). Or bullying on a scale that wouldn't be serious for an older kid. (Remember when some kid tried to bully my older son about his dad and I being divorced? My son just laughed at the wannabe bully, but a 6-year-old might not be able to shake something that level of dumb off.)

But it feels like there's definitely something going on. You know this isn't your fault, so see if you can switch out of "taking care of it" mode into detective mode to see if you can figure out if there's anything new in the timeframe you've noticed the changes in. Talk to his teacher and aftercare caregivers to see if there are new kids in the program or any other kinds of changes. Look methodically at anything external that could be stressing him out, and be prepared for it to be something small that wouldn't stress out an adult or older kid.

Has anyone else been in this situation? Or did you have a child who went through disequilibrium at 6 instead of 7? What am I missing as things for her to look for?

43 thoughts on “6-year-old rage”

  1. I notice references “a phase where he’s eating like a teenager.” That sounds like it’s something new and could have multiples causes and effects. Is eating like a teenager normal for 6 year old boys? Certainly my kids did not go through that (but may reflect my kids’ issues and gender.) But… because of this I might recommend a pediatrician visit if the behavior persists and no social cause can be determined. If something is causing him to be starving all the time – well, I’d wanna kick someone, too! IANAD.

  2. mine did. Does. We sail into 7 at the end of March. His disequilibrium started around back to school and was so unmanageable we ended up getting an IEP because he couldn’t cope in school without that much extra support. I think it’s been fantastic – he’s needed that extra support in school all along, and I’ve been trying to get it for him, but I wish we could’ve skipped all the ugly that finally got the school’s attention.So that being said about my little special snowflake, I’m learning to hack my kid a bit. He goes off the rails, I troubleshoot precipitating factors. Because he lives in the moment, like any child his age, unresolved issues from times when he isn’t at home aren’t always on his mind when he loses it at home. I ask about food. Friend interactions. How writing time went (fine motor issues). How did the usual transition times go today? Did his para support him when she’s supposed to? Were his shoes full of wood chips all day (no, really)? Are his glasses dirty?
    It’s all these little details that add up. You know your kid, you know what he can and can’t handle. It’s almost like PMS – when you’re in a bit of a heightened state, little things become too much. Figure out his precipitating factors (though maybe you won’t) and help him manage these big feelings. And get support for yourself, too.

  3. FWIW: My daughter’s 6yo year has been a ginormous PITA. Her 7th birthday is coming up in a few weeks. Over the past month or so, I have noticed her jerkiness steadily fading. Hallelujah! So it could be that my kid and the OP’s kid are just going through the 7yo thing at 6 instead.The “eating like a teenager” thing caught my attention, too. I’d guess this signals a growth spurt. And I’ve noticed that whenever my kids are growing a lot (physically, cognitively, motor skill-wise, whatever), their behavior goes crazy.

  4. Oh, man – the first half of six was HORRID for us. My daughter would have hour-long kicking, screaming, shouting tantrums — and I am not exaggerating about the length or the intensity one bit. We checked in with the school counselor, who helpfully expressed total shock, as she is a “model citizen” at school. We’ve started being much more active about just setting food down in front of her – without comment – if she starts getting cranky and it’s been more than an hour since she last ate. That seems to help… as did the passage of time.For the OP… I think Moxie’s advice about touching base w/ the teacher and other caregivers is spot on. Oh, and I’ll add the one thing that eventually helped us, which was a conversation we had with our daughter at a time when we were all calm and well fed. Rather than focusing on what was bothering her – an avenue we’d explored fruitlessly for weeks – we did some problem solving, and asked what would help her feel better when she started getting so upset. She ended up saying that she would like it if we tickled her or got the dog to lick her and make her laugh — probably because it sort of shocked her out of the chain of reaction she’d get into.

  5. My 6 year old is very similar. She’s either happy and friendly or full of rage – there is no in between. Her triggers seem to be when something shifts from what she expects (i.e. at school, if someone is acting out in line she can get aggressively angry with the kid until s/he starts following the rules. At home if she has the impression we will be doing X next but we instead do Y she can fly off the handle.) We are actually starting talk-therapy with her tonight to help build some new coping skills because it’s happing more and more frequently and our own attempts to help aren’t working. No real advice here other than to say I can sympathize!

  6. My first thought was growth spurt, too. Hungry and tired and cranky and overwhelmed. Could it also be that school just got real for him? My 5 yo is in K also, and his homework changed once he got back from break — much more rigorous. Like the 1/2 half of the year was for learning letters and getting along with new friends (stuff he mastered in pre-K), but now he is learning “real” stuff like adding and punctuation and reading. So perhaps your little one is also having to re-acclimate to school? Or perhaps he’s about to make leaps and bounds in a new skill like reading and it’s making him crabby until he gets it?And to add to the chorus: I had heard magical things about 6, but for us it was most definitely not a “golden year” with my older son. He was ornery and defiant. 7 was better, and 8’s been good to us too.
    But, you are worried, so I would second the idea that you talk to the teacher & pediatrician to figure out if it’s more than physical and social growing pains. And even if there’s no discernable cause, ask them to help you and your son figure out ways to short-circuit the melt downs.

  7. My formerly sweet and easygoing 6.5 year old is a disaster. She is sassy and argumentative and annoying. She is prone to tantrums and crying jags for very unpredicatable reasons.I got the “your 6 year old” book by Ames and Ilg (a GREAT series) from the library and it basically confirmed that 6 year-olds are little assholes. Scarily, they kept comparing them to 11 year olds but saying 11 is even worse. As a mom of a nearly 10 year old, I am scared of 11. Very scared.
    I do believe this behavior, combined with the 6 year old’s inability to shut the heck up already is why school was invented.

  8. Mine is only 4 and a half but this sounds SO familiar, I could not help but comment. We go through this phase every couple of months and it usually lasts a week or two. We have found two consistent triggers, though most of the time I would say it is a combination of things that sends him into these rages. First, illness. He is so energetic, it is sometimes a long time before I realize a cold has settled into an ear or sinus infection, which he is prone to. The second is a growth spurt. He will frequently complain that his legs hurt.The eating like a teenager thing makes me think growth spurt but if he’s never done this before, a trip to the ped might be called for. And talking to the school might be helpful too (although we’ve found the problems ours was having with classmates are largely unable to be resolved personality conflicts and so we try to teach our son to avoid playing with that child and to walk away when he’s being bothered vs confronting and hitting/kicking).

  9. I was scouring Moxie’s archives a few months ago looking for mentions of 6-year-old rage and not finding any. But to this I say “Yes, yes, yes.” I found 6.5 to be just as much a phase as the other half-years; it’s still happening but not so badly now. (He’ll be seven in April.)I polled some friends and at least two agreed that this was a thing that happened to their 6.5-year-olds too. My normally gentle and relatively obedient son was having fits of rage, mostly directed at me, involving hitting and kicking as well as screaming and utter intransigence. I re-read “How to Talk so Kids will Listen […]” and used some of the techniques there, like making a list, with some success to calm him down, but it was a horrible time. I have nothing but sympathy. (I hesitate to plug my blog here, but on the other hand I have a very relevant entry: http://awfullychipper.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-to-do-when-you-dont-know-what-to-do.html)

  10. Sounds like a big hormone rush to me, which could be in tandem with a growth spurt. My girl was a huge effing mess for the first few months of 6. It didn’t help that I was also a huge effing mess of “testosterone poisoning” from the fetal boy I was carrying!What works really well for us is cranial-sacral work. It just resets them somehow! If things don’t resolve in a copule weeks, I urge you to give it a try.

  11. To echo what some others have said:My son turned 6 in December and is in kindergarten. I wouldn’t call it rage, but I’d say he’s a jerk about 75% of the time. Nonstop backtalk, nonstop complaining, acting out in school (nothing too severe but following every stupid thing the instigators do), screaming fits when the smallest thing doesn’t go his way. I’d say it started a little before six. Driving me nuts. Other son is just shy of 2 so I have nothing to go on here. Misery loves company!

  12. Yes, 6 can definitely be a jerky age! My best friend’s son turned 6 last month and she could have written this post, right down to the part about being sent home from school 2 weeks ago because he physically assaulted someone. It’s hard because like the OP, this boy’s behavior seemingly came out of nowhere and he was so well-behaved before.Is his school challenging enough for him? Sometimes gifted and talented kids act out when they are feeling bored academically and socially. Kindergarten can be especially tough on kids who have spent time in a structured educational environment during their preschool/daycare years – it’s sometimes hard for these kids to socialize with a group of kids who have never ever been in any type of enriching school situation before and/or who are still learning the academic and social basics. By first grade, I hear these kinds of skill imbalances do generally even out.
    Amen to @AmFam’s recommendation of the Ames & Ilg “Your 6 Year Old” book – I love the entire series.
    Re: “could these be signs of bullying” – yes, and I agree with @Moxie’s suggestion to do some detective work. Sometimes I think little kids like to “try on” what’s it’s like to act really aggressive, or to be the kid who gets the attention in class for negative behavior. It’s all about boundary testing.
    Good luck!

  13. Another data point. My now-seven year old went through a not entirely pleasant personality change at 6 and in K.When he was little, he was incredibly sweet, outward focused, and verbal. Caretakers found his empathy truly breathtaking (not just me, but people who were caregivers for little guys for 30+ years saying, “I’ve never seen anything like him” kinds of comments). K was rough for him, though for no dramatic-to-a-grownup reason. He had a teacher who liked rigidity and sameness and didn’t encourage him to grow, just keep pace with the other kids. She would seat him next to the most out of control ADHD kids (nice kids, thankfully) but then my son would get in trouble for getting pulled in to their stuff (conversations, hunt for pencils, etc.). First grade has been better academically as far as more appropriate challenge and a more encouraging teacher, but his assimilation in to “typical boy culture” of glorification of weaponry, sarcasm, back talk, and self absorption feels complete. I mourn the loss of my sweet boy and feel like I picked the wrong door on “Let’s Make a Deal” and gave him the wrong school instead of an environment that would appreciate and nurture the kid he was. And worse, I picked what I thought was the best school in our area for meeting all his needs, not just academic, so I’m really out of ideas except for places way out of our price range.
    Anyway. It might just be normal aging, but we definitely went through this tantrumy time here too. Hoping Lora and others come through better than I feel like we have.

  14. have to agree with the others. My son turned 6 this week, and I have to say that the whole household is walking on eggshells in trying to deal with rage. There are simple things he gets angry about – like I brushed my teeth before he did or we got a different kind of bread….or he does not want to go to a regulary scheduled music class. He is doing okay in school and after school though there is overall resistance to trying anything ‘new’ that he is not good at. Not sure I have any magic answers, just perhaps give yourself more time to compose yourself before dealing with the needs of your 6 year old.

  15. My daughter got SUPER cranky around 5/6 (don’t remember exactly) in ways we were totally scratching our head over and then one day I got a bee in my bonnet to start flossing her teeth and lo and behold, there were gigantic molars coming in in back there. I asked her if her mouth was sore, and she said yes.A tube of teething gel and we were on like donkey kong.
    So, something physical maybe? Molars coming in, or a silent ear or sinus infection? You could try a day with tylenol every few hours and see if it’s better, and if it is, work on narrowing down what the problem is.
    Also, I think 6 is old enough to be asked directly. Sometime when he’s not mad — it seems like you’ve been angry a lot lately. Why do you think that’s happening? (I asked my 5 yo this and he said, rather astutely, I thought, that it made him mad that he never gets to DECIDE.)

  16. Someone earlier mentioned the Ames and Ilg book, but they didn’t mention the sub-title: Your Six Year Old, Loving and DEFIANT. I have found six to be all over the place kind of crazy, and my son’s kindergarten teacher said she’s glad to see them go at the end of the year because they’re mostly all six by then and have turned horrid. Do not despair!

  17. I wonder if there isn’t something about starting school? I have a 5.5 year old boy, but he just started a junior kindergarten that is in every way really, actually a kindergarten. It’s his first experience with a bona fide institution and, man, it has been ROUGH. He was never having discipline issues at his sweet little home daycare and suddenly this year he has hit and kicked at school, spent time in the principal’s office, been a total asshole to his parents, etc. etc. It’s like some switch flipped and I don’t recognize him half the time. The common denominator here is starting real school.

  18. Moxie wrote: Six is not a known jerky stage. Seven is, but six is often a repreive year, in which they can do a lot and have more emotional reserves–in other words: equilibrium.Oh, I disagree!! Like another poster, I ran to get my copy of Ames & Ilg a few months ago (prompted by a Moxie post!) and while most ages the equilibrium is the first six months & disequilibrium at the half-year, at six it is reversed! And so six is disequilibrium but 6.5 is equilibrium!!
    Six was awful for us, and we are just now starting to see the light with one month to go to 6.5 – not perfect but much, much better than a few months ago.
    My advice to the OP – after you read the Ames book, talk to his teacher ASAP. Find out what she sees is going on for her son, as well as for the class as a whole. Kinder teachers often have great great insights into the kiddos in their care, much more so than the afterschool staff. Then talk to the afterschool staff.
    From both, get them to tell you what strategies they employ with your child (and with others he might be interacting with). Once they start school & aftercare, they are also exposed to behaviors & language & issues that aren’t common in your home. School & aftercare might have some ideas about what they are seeing with other kids as well.
    While I don’t minimize the impact of bullying, I was calmed by Ames assertion that 6 year old friendships ARE turbulent and they get through that phase.

  19. I’ve got a jerky 6 year old. Some days I totally despair that this is going to be his personality for life. And then I remind myself that he’s only six. Over and over again.

  20. To reiterate what many others said… 6 for us (in our boy) has been rather unpleasant. Well, a mix of sweetest, most loving child ever, with “I hate you and will never hug you again” plus threats to punch, hit, kick, and general back talk and rudeness (“That is not how you talk to people” has been spoken by the parents in our house countless times these past few months.”). So, I agree with Moxie that you should think about why someone might be as aggressive as you describe. But, my friends and I lately have been discussing the challenges of age 6 and are anxiously awaiting to outgrow this phase!

  21. Didn’t read the rest of the comments, but don’t discount the 6 year molars coming in. My daughter has finally got all four in and was super bad, mean, not my daughter at all while they were coming in. Just a thought.

  22. My six year old son, also with a Nov birthday, also in K has been quite a little, well, asshole, for the past couple of months. Said jerkiness includes slamming doors, kicking things in fury, yelling at his little brother for the slightest provocation, disagreeing with everything we say, etc. He has always been a high needs, sensitive, and dramatic child.I think this is just a phase (please let it be a phase!) made worse by my working more (I went back to work in August after maternity leave with our third child) and his being bored sometimes. He is quite “gifted” (annoying word, but not sure what else to call it) and he really needs a lot of stimulation and structure to be happy. He is in a fantastic school and we are working with his teacher to challenge him. We have had some success with using a behavior chart to provide, consistent, calm (calm is the key for him – any emotion on our part causes him to react worse) feedback for inappropriate behaviors (i.e., every single time you yell at your brother – no matter what the reason – you will be moved “down” on your chart). We try to spend as much one-on-one time with him as possible. I also think he is just very aware that he is growing up and life is changing which is hard on him. He was upset the other night worrying about 1st grade so we talked through it and I had him write a list of “good things about 1st grade” which helped him reason through it. He has made several comments about his baby sister growing up, watching her learn to walk, calling it “happy-sad” that makes me think he is very in tune with the bittersweet nature of growing up.
    And for what it is worth, I am finding this stage of parenting to be surprisingly difficult – I am totally on top of babies and preschoolers but am having to figure out school age kids as we go along.

  23. @eee I have no idea of your circumstances but my son started (good, public) kindergarten this year and it has been the Best. Thing. Ever. We love it. He loves it (not that he routinely admits this, but he *is* flourishing, whether he wants to admit it or not).We’re just around the corner from 6 and dealing with crabbiness directed mostly at us (the parents), so I’m reading the comments and taking notes.

  24. The OP wrote “He’s become much more aggressive, back talky, tells me he hates me all the time, and completely unpredictable.” And I’m wondering what counts as aggressive at home. Are we talking hitting and kicking, taking things out on inanimate objects, or yelling, complaining, and being defiant?My newly 5yo is doing all sorts of complaining, heel-dragging, defying stuff lately — more than usual. FWIW, I’ve been trying to meet it by putting “no complaining” on his chore chart (which he finally seems ready to engage with) and linking the chart to a small daily allowance. I’ve also started sending him to his room FAST when he starts complaining, largely because it pushes my buttons. He gets to say “I’m not happy that…” but he doesn’t get to say, “WHY DO I ALWAYS HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL?!?!” and carry on. So far, so good, but it’s new yet.
    For us, this behavior isn’t exactly new — it’s just heightened. I see it as a normal part of kid-dom, and something to be both managed and used as an opportunity to teach social skills and self-regulation and -care. In other words, in general I wouldn’t be too concerned.
    However, I’m struck by the sudden onset here and by the fact that the OP is upset about it. My kid has a way of finding the thing that upsets me, and exercising that power — that’s one possible explanation. Like others, I think the most likely is a growth spurt, though I’m intrigued by the “first real school idea” (something we’re dealing with in Pre-K this year) and the molar idea (DS just lost his first tooth, so we’re on). And I agree that a little detective work is called for — OP noticed something off, and needs to follow the trail until she’s satisfied that she knows what is bugging her — whether it’s a genuine problem with her kid, a phase that’s bugging her, or something hidden like molars causing the issues. I’d be curious to hear with the OP figures after a few weeks or so.

  25. My kindergartner gets so tired and cranky. Really cranky. Sometimes throws a stomping, crying, rage-y fit. From being tired. Makes me feel better about how I feel when I’m tired!

  26. I had forgotten that I, too, got the Ames book right after my son turned six. Read the book! It gave me enough hope that his phase would pass or change and it has. Now we’re staring down his 7th bday next month and I’m a little afraid all over again!

  27. @AmFam – I have an 11 year old who has never been easy to parent, but 11 has been a dream. Every single day I am amazed at what a delight this kid is! And trust me, entire years have gone by where I loved her, but did not delight in her. So there is hope for 11!!

  28. I didn’t even know there were such a thing as 6 year molars until we too flossed for weird tooth pain that then explained a lot of general unhappiness in our 5.5 yo.I got nothing except this whole thread makes me hate school for boys. Why do we bother? My girl is just fine, but I know my boy will hate it and I am seriously considering keeping him home until he’s 7 or 8 and ready for 6 hours of sucky. What is fun about school for boys??
    Anyway, a tangent, but still…

  29. re: Molars – teeth are so funny & never seem to come in at the so-called “correct” time. My DS, who turned 5 in Oct, is cutting his bottom two 6-year molars. Both teeth are about halfway cut through, and shockingly, he says they do not hurt at all. YMMV, I guess.@ACJ – “What is fun about school for boys??” and @eee “you’re all making me want to homeschool now” – Yes, I so totally hear you. There’s definitely a narrative out there about how USian schools are not set up for the unique needs of boys. I certainly saw that firsthand at my son’s old preschool (a co-op) that did not allow any of the rough and tumble play (complete with pretend weapons!) that so many of the boys seem to naturally gravitate to (and that I used to kvetch about endlessly until I finally read “Playful Parenting” by Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen and I finally accepted this is how my son truly is and how many boys truly are – seriously, just go ahead and accept it – there are ways to channel those inclinations to wrestle and to turn their fingers into guns into something really wonderful and positive. Read the book!)
    We pulled DS from that preschool and put him into a lovely Montessori pre-K where the lead teacher is a man and the place is not all about quiet circle time – and wow, what huge difference. Much more welcoming of boy culture; much more time spent playing outside, plus the sense that my son can finally just be himself = much happier kiddo as a result.
    I strongly suspect much of the “what happened to my sweet 5-year-old?!” stuff is largely developmental. In which case, the idea of homeschooling for the sole purpose of trying to avoid experiencing normal 6-year-old jerky defiance – well, to me, that seems to be a bit of a fail waiting to happen. I understand the protective instinct though, to want to do anything to preserve his sweet innocence. I would suggest inquiring with some local parents of older boys you know who seem to be happy with their school situations. School culture is so important, and IMHO it’s only through actually visiting real classes in person, plus talking with actual parents of enrolled boys, that you’re going to be able to figure that out. Sometimes you can even request a specific teacher and let the school know why you feel would be the best fit for your son. Hang in there.

  30. The ‘lock in to boy culture’ is a temporary phenomenon. There’s a span 5-6 years old where kids of both genders become very rigid about their definitions of gender norms, and they lock to the peer group – TEMPORARILY.Will they ever be exactly like the sweet 3/4/5 year old you knew again? No. But they will moderate back to their internal integrated self if you support them, remind them of their essential goodness even when you’re pissed at them, and carry on. It might be years before you really glimpse it again, frankly, but do not give up hope because doing so removes the expectation that you’ll see it, and so you may miss the opportunity to reward the glimpses you’ll get of it.
    Mr G is 15. I’ve had up and down, but the him of 4 years old was pretty much in abeyance 95% of the time in terms of personal visibility until NOW. 15? Supposed to be so rough, so distant, so rebellious. 15, instead, is so tender hearted, so self-disciplined (in some ways), so willing. I can’t guarantee that staying open and keeping an eye out for that ‘who you always were you will be again’ aspect will make it happen, but I doubt I’d have quite the view of it that I do now if it weren’t for looking for it, always.
    And that’s with fabulous schools that support individuality and self-assurance and values and are not boy-culture-prone (boy culture still completely cloaked both boys at the same age… the 11 year old came out of the cultural cloaking device sooner, but then he’s also more extroverted and outwardly passionate, so his insides ‘show’ more in general).

  31. Clarifying – Mr G doesn’t ‘look exactly the same’ as at 4, but I can ‘see that same core’ in its new incarnation here. If that makes sense.

  32. @Alexicographer, thank you for the hope! My son will be *just* turned 5 when he starts K this fall, and I will be having a new baby about a week and a half before that! Talk about transitions! Oh and we may move over the summer! Ha. But anyway, I am mostly excited about him going to K, but also nervous, especially after hearing about how so many kids seem to change somewhat. But his progress in preschool (in terms of opening up and being less shy) has exceeded our expectations, so I am choosing to stay hopeful. 🙂

  33. we had a horrible time w/kindergarten. Lots of acting out at home (flying into violent rages, hitting, biting, losing it) due to holding it together dealing w/abusive K teacher. It mellowed after we switched him to private Quaker school, but bad behavior ratcheting up again due to bullying. Not as bad & we’re on it, but oy, flashback. So there could be some perfect storm w/the molars & the tension of dealing w/school, but look closely & trust yourself. And the DEFIANT part of 6.Good luck!!

  34. Thank you, and amen @hedra – “Will they ever be exactly like the sweet 3/4/5 year old you knew again? No. But they will moderate back to their internal integrated self if you support them, remind them of their essential goodness even when you’re pissed at them, and carry on.” Will take the long view! 😉

  35. I should mention on the school front that my son actually likes school most of the time. I had thought it was 95%, but his teacher put it at about 80%, which I think is still pretty good. He gripes about *going* to school, but he also gripes about going to gymnastics — and later claims that gymnastics was the best part of the day. In other words, there might be some things that chafe a bit about school, but no more than not getting his way all the time generally chafes.However, I am feeling good about sending him to day camp this summer school break rather than keeping him enrolled for the daycare portion of school. I think he’ll do well with more play. Most of us would, I reckon.

  36. OP here. Thanks SO much to everyone for your comments and support. It’s always such a relief to know I’m not alone. After reading through the comments, I broke out a flashlight and told the kiddo to open wide. Lo and behold, 4 new molars on their way out. He’s been significantly better the past few days, so I’ll take what I can get for now and hang on for the ride. Again, thanks for the support!

  37. Charles,I apologize for the iconnvenience. There was an error in the web-site, thanks for letting me know. It is fixed now. You can download English issues in the Archive page now.Thanks,Chuck

  38. Lora, awesome. Any problem that gets better on its on and can have Tylenol thrown at it is better than the mystery issues.

  39. Friend’s 6yo was similar when he started kindergarten. They go for a full day up here, no half day option. I think it’s hard for children who are not used to a) getting up insanely early and/or b) having to be on their best behavior/be awake and alert/be around many other children/etc. for 8 hours a day 5 days a week suddenly because they turned 5 (or 6 as is the case here). I don’t have any advice other than, does he say he’s tired? The eating thing might have to do with changes in eating habits related to kindergarten scheduling. Does he need more snacks during the day? Does he need more sleep at night? Does he need to go to a half day program? I’m probably assuming too much here… feel free to ignore my comment, OP.

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