We had been doing so well in recent weeks that I'd thought we might be over Monster Man's anger issues. Sure, he'd had his share of being upset over the things most kids get upset about - sibling rivalry, not getting his way, etc - but he still seemed to have gotten rid of the anger that tends to build up and then come barreling out of him almost in a fit of rage.
He didn't feel really well all weekend. For the most part, he was fine. He'd get upset about something and then start laying around. Whenever he'd start laying down, upset, he'd spike a fever and start complaining of a headache and stomachache. My hubby used to do the same thing as a child, kind of as a stress reaction, and it didn't take us long to figure out that was what was going on with Monster Man this weekend. Once he got up and got moving, especially once he found something fun to do, his fever would drop and he'd be back to normal.
Between this and the time change, it was not much of a surprise that Monster Man was in such a bad mood this morning. He had napped quite a bit over the weekend when he wasn't feeling well, but he could not seem to get to sleep last night when he was sent to bed for the night. This morning, he dragged to get around and then had to be rushed to get out of the door before the bus arrived to pick him up.
He seemed to get upset over everything this morning. I told him to make sure he got his jacket, he yelled that he knew and then glared at me. I told him that he needed to make sure he had his backpack, he yelled that he already had it. At one point, he got mad and sat on the steps because I told him not to stand with the front door open (didn't want him letting out the dog). Then he refused to talk to me except to yell at me even more. I was proud of him, though, because I saw him pick something up to throw it, and then he caught himself and put it down before he could act on impulse.
Unless you've seen Monster Man at his worse, or unless you've lived with someone with the same anger issues as Monster Man, you might easily pass it off as just being typical moodiness in a boy his age. However, those who have experienced what I have with Monster Man realize that there is quite a difference between the two.
I am hoping he will be back to my happy little boy once he gets home from school today.