~~~When your uncle benignly asks your kid about his recent, wondrous trip to Legoland, your sweet son screams, "Quit talking to me, you crazy guy!" and runs away.
~~~He's so scattered and frustrated that he cannot even complete the most mundane task like pulling down his pants, a task that he typically does with no problem at all--especially at times most likely to embarrass you.
~~~He spouts off gibberish that no one can understand OR he quotes movies without stopping and if you interrupt, he has to start all over again until he finally calms himself down which can often takes upwards of an hour.
~~~Eating is out of the question. Totally. It doesn't matter what you try to entice him with--cake, cookies, ice cream; suggesting these delicacies will only piss him off more when he's over stimulated and stressed.
~~~No matter what you ask him to do, he screams, "NO!" at the top of his lungs. You could be offering your kid an all-expense week-long trip to Legoland--the one in California, the mecca of LEGOs, the place he wishes we could move to--and he'd still refuse adamantly.
~~~The most minor incident can move him to tears. A kid who is normally immune to most pain, he will bawl after bumping his arm and won't stop crying until you administer all manner of antibiotic creams and band-aids.
How about you? Tell me your kids do some of these things too.... Please!
This post is part of the BoB series on stress and anxiety.