We’re back to school and I have to say, I’m thrilled with the new “normal”. I loved the summer home with the kids, but I’m thankful for a little back to school renewal. The kids are very much still adjusting to the new routine and with that comes some inevitable behavior problems. Most notable is the After School After-Math.
What is After School After-Math?
It’s a condition that affects probably 7 out of 10 preschool-fifth graders (based on my informal mama polling).
Symptoms may include: tantrums, fits, meltdowns, lack of communication skills, lack of listening skills, extreme hunger or thirst, and increased sensitivity.
My theory is that the kids literally use up all their good behavior at school (we’ve taught them well) so that when they come home, they’re exceptionally crazy! They’ve simply run out of good. We’re so happy to see them and hear about their day, and they’re most happy withholding information and misbehaving.
What to do about After School After Math?
We’re still trying to figure out how to best handle this condition, but (informal) studies show that a healthy non-sugary snack, quiet time (or a nap), redirection, outside play, and household tasks all lead to more pleasant results.
I’m hopeful that as the weeks go by and things settle into place, this issue will become a moot point. In the meantime, time-outs will be frequent and necessary!
HELP! Are you experiencing After School After Math? What’s working for you!?