One thing that was left out of this scenario is that the real life fits thrown by Peter (which I mentioned in chat yesterday) were all basically because he wasn't able to do what he wanted when he wanted. However, I seem to remember a few of those from my childhood.
I did have a talk with Peter last night, and we decided (for sure, no take backs) what he wanted to do. My mom was already out with Griffin and Van, and she swung back by to pick him up. They'd apparently been doing a bit of last minute shopping.
They all had a good night last night. Mom had promised me they'd get a good dinner, which apparently now includes pizza. She also let them have soda, then popped corn, so they could all watch a movie. It was a beautiful day down here yesterday, and the boys were in the backyard, playing on Tommy and Cal's old tree house, when Parker saw a boy he knows from school. (He goes to the same elementary where I attended sixth grade). When she brought them home this morning, they were all very excited about the visit, and assured me they had a great time.
So that's how I'd handle it.
I'll have to admit I was tempted to spank a couple of times during the tantrums though.
ivor wrote:Now if he was a year younger I might be able to get him to write a note to Santa in which his needs could become clearer, but without that option I'm in the Kat korner.
Ummm... What difference does that year make? I don't know about the other parents around here, but most of my kids have kept it going until 10 (with one stubborn holdout until 11). As a matter of fact, I think Santa did receive a letter from Mr. P this year.