Back to School Grumps

August 22nd, 2009 12:02am

Anyone else had overly grumpy, irritable and overly whiney children this week? 3 of my kids just finished up their first full week of school today and let me tell you, it has been a bumpy ride! Thankfully, they all seem to love their teachers, they love being back in school and while one or two might get a little reluctant to rise in the morning, for the most part they are eager to be up and out the door to school. The problems arise when they all come home!

It starts the moment they all get in the car. And then, suddenly, these previously helpful, sensitive, and positive summer helpers become these bickering, teasing, short-tempered grumps! I know it’s a product of returning to the structured schedule of the school year, the added stress of the social dynamics and the general fatigue of a very full day. But it still makes me sad to see my little ones who got along so well through the whole summer begin to bicker and taunt each other, sometimes to tears!…which, by the way, seem to come much faster this week.

The only thing I can figure is that they need more sleep. I’ve set a strict bedtime of 8:00pm now which seems to be helping. And I’m hoping that as we settle back into the school routine, tensions will ease up a bit.

I don’t know if I’ve got any helpful tips on this one as much as I’m sending out my frustrations into the void of the internet, hoping for some great thoughts and inspiration from all you mom’s out there! As the echo of constant chatter from arguing kids rings in my ears, I keep hearing that inner voice…”can’t we all just get along?!”… 😉