I am in a bad space. Outings have become really hard. My six year old is a dream when out, very concerned with following any rules. But my three year old is whiney and demanding. Still too young to fully understand consequences and to control his impulses. I am trying to set limits logically. But this is just making every time we go out harder. I feel like a grumpy watch dog. And each outing is ending with a tantrum as I wrestle him into the car.
The biggest behavior problem is wanting to do something, making whiney screams for it, and not listening to my no. So, I am trying to say yes more. Really working on thinking about whether things matter and not controlling needlessly. But still, there is always some thing that ends it all bad.
I look around and it seems like everyone else is calm and enjoying themselves. They are not having power struggles. Just having fun. I feel like I am on the verge loosing it the whole time I am out at supposedly kid friendly activities.
I want to have a good time. I want my kids to have a good time. How can I make that happen?