This weekend was all about "family fun" for the three of us Tantrums. We went to the Oregon Coast on Sunday and climbed to the top of a lighthouse, visited an aquarium, walked on the beach and ate seafood. It was a nice day and despite a few outbursts from Bacon it really was great.
Monday however was something straight out of a horror film.
We took Bacon to see Despicable Me at the theatre and he sat through the whole thing. (Usually movies in the theatre result in 200 trips to the men's room.) As we left things got ugly. He screamed that he wanted to stay at the theatre and that we were mean. We got him in the car and it got worse, he jumped over the seat and started punching and screaming and clawing at Mr. Tantrum. Snot was flying, tears were flowing and he just kept at it. After taking away TV, video games, computer games and summer camp he still kept going. I finally whipped out my phone and started videoing the antics and he stopped.
Mr. Tantrum and I were exhausted, and feeling defeated. We aren't sure what to do or how to make this stop. He behaves badly and then immediately says he's sorry only to turn around and do it all again 2 minutes later. We explained what saying your sorry means, but he still doesn't get it.
I'm still exhausted and ripping out my hair trying to figure out just what to do and how to handle this. We have tried homeopathy, and clearly that is only helping his bathroom accidents, and after taking an online quiz it looks like he may also have Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Do we medicate for that? Do we try to use a psychotherapist? Do we just start drinking heavily and let him destroy the house and everything around him?
I don't know what to do. So today I am asking for your suggestions, help and what has worked for you. I am going to call and see if we can get in with his less than helpful pediatrician for some help too...But right now if I have to deal with one more of these fits, I may just end up in the nut house myself. If only for some peace and quiet.