Now this is where it gets really sad. I had to take him from that classroom to his classroom and he threw an absolute fit. In front of everyone. I know the teachers were thinking he was a horrible little boy. As soon as he saw the new classroom and the new toys, he was off. And I mean off. He didn't even turn around to see if I was following him. I didn't even get to kiss him goodbye and tell him I would be back very soon to get him. The teachers were "guarding" the door so I kind of got the impression that I wasn't supposed to go in the room, so I had to leave. I knew Kohen was fine and LOVING playing with all of those toys. But I wasn't fine. I made it to the parking lot before I completely broke down. Thank goodness for Sherri.
So. Things have to change. After talking to my mom, my sister and Sherri, we've come up with a few things that can help:
1) Earlier bed time. I had to wake him up this morning to go to KDO so of course he's going to be cranky.
2) No more toys while he eats. I don't know why I ever thought this was a good idea anyway.
3) Encourage him to play on the floor.
I was DETERMINED to get started on these things TO-DAY.
I tried SOOOOO hard to get Kohen to play on the floor. Every toy I would put on the carpet, he would snatch up, run in the living room and put on the coffee table. I would go get the toy, bring it back in his room and act like a crazy, fun, fool to get him to see that playing on the floor is FUN! I know you're thinking to yourself "have they never played with Kohen on the floor before?". Yes, of course we have, but it always seems to be an interaction with him and us on the floor, never really him, us and a toy. We wrestle, play roley poley, play "airplane", tickle, and stuff like that on the floor. So, like I said, I was DETERMINED today to get Kohen to play on the floor. Over and over I took his dump trucks and airplanes and rolled them around on the floor. On my hands and knees, back and forth, back and forth, "beep beep and "honk honk" noises too. This time when he left and took the toys with him to the living room I collapsed on his floor and cried again. WHY DOES MY CHILD NOT PLAY ON THE FLOOR???
I decided to go for the mother load... his trains. I decided to compromise. We would stay in the living room and play BUT not on the coffee table...only on the floor. I started taking the trains off the table. He started FREAKING OUT. As I put them down, he would pick them up and put them back. Luckily I was faster than him. I eventually got enough train cars on the floor. I got them connected then said "All Aboard!" and started choo chooing on the floor. He liked it. He brought his train cars down to the floor and connected them. He loved how he could make a longer chain of trains on the floor then he could on the coffee table! He laid down and watched the wheels roll. He played on the floor for a very long time. When Jason got home, one of the first things he said to me was "Why are your knees so red?". I just had to laugh. He had no idea how long I had been scooting on the floor today!
Kohen ate lunch and dinner today without a toy. And guess what...I don't think he even noticed. I am also happy to report that he went to bed 45 minutes earlier tonight than he has in the past. We're on the right track. I can do this. KDO is only 2 days a week and I pick him up after only 2 hours. We're going to give it another try on Tuesday. Hopefully with these 3 things we're working on will help make this experience a good one. I'll keep you updated.
The picture below shows what my poor child looked like with no pants on when I picked him up...
This picture was taken as soon as we got home. He went straight to his "flat surface" to play with his trains :) I hope tomorrow he remembers how much fun he had with them on the floor!