You can tell end of term is looming in our house. The tell-tale signs are evident for everyone to see. Grumpiness, tiredness, irritability, and I’m not much better!

With another few weeks still to go, I’m not sure how I’m going to continue to handle A Problem Shared1the tiredness induced frustration that comes with this endofterm-itis. We’re using every trick in the book and I’m managing to stay very calm with it all, but oh my, the screaming and yelling that come when he doesn’t get his own way.

Many kids are like this of course at this time of year, but I’m anxious that we respond to it appropriately, and with it increasing in intensity, frequency and volume, I don’t know if I can continue to stay as calm as I have…any ideas?

Can you help this adoptive mum? How do you respond to these tired-tantrums in your house? Are your children suffering from endofterm-itis too?


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  1. Columbine

    We definitely have endofterm-itis in our house! It feels like we’ve gone back in time a couple of years with the tiredness and tantrums, and completely irrational behaviour. It’s also the anniversary of our LO being placed with us so he’s very sensitive to endings and goodbyes.

    It’s such a tricky time of year – so we’re trying a bit of everything! Lavender oil in the bath and lavender body lotion massage at night (bedtime is a nightmare at the moment). We also start bedtime about an hour and a half before we’d like LO in bed as we’re frequently having hour-long tantrums in the evening.

    We’ve cancelled most social things this weekend and next and are trying to have some quiet calm time at home instead (at least that’s the plan…).

    This morning we sat down together to order some summer holiday treats (pirate tattoos, sticker books, etc) to remind us both that we’re nearly there and as something to look forward to.

    It’s also nice getting something in the post.

    Also plenty of regression and encouraging regression – our LO has been pulling out puzzles from when he was 3 (he’s 5 and a half now). And he quite likes being wrapped up tight in a towel after his bath and rocked like when he was little.

    But it is getting increasingly tricky. Last year we took him out of school early as the transition from nursery to school was just too much. If I could, I’d do it again this year but I work now so it’s not really an option.

    I keep telling myself only ten school days left, and reminding myself at least we made it through our first full school year without any major disasters!



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