DD1, mostly easy going kid, just started kindergarten last week, and since the first day she's become difficult to talk to and uncooperative. we didn't do preschool and i was on the fence to homeschool, but DH wouldn't agree to it. so we found this great school with half days. it's less then 4 hours a day m-thr and less than 3hrs on fri. she loves school, from what i can get out of her. She asks "is it time to leave yet?!" about 20 times before we go. She's great at school and haven't received any negative feed back from her teacher, just say's she's doing great and has received a "super star" everyday so far.
when i ask her about her day, she says, "mom, i don't want to talk to you about it." i've checked with her and she said she's making friends and no one is picking on her (okay, great, because i was picked on a lot as a kid). she's usually so good about helping clean up or playing with dd2 so i can get dishes done, but she's refusing to help with anything or even feed the dog; which has been her responsibility for over 2 years now. dd2 (14 months) is not an easy baby by any means and has a very intense personality, so i know they need time away from each other. So, I don't expect DD1 to play with DD2 all the time.
The other thing since school started is now she's miss independent. we're not helicopter parent's but i do enforce safety. she is refusing to hold my hand while crossing streets and in parking lots, is going on the computer without asking, turning on the TV when ever she wants with no outside play (which is required to get screen time in our house), and keeps saying how i never let her do anything. She's lost any kind of manners, just "mom get me a drink. I want a drink right now!" i make her ask over again nicely. grrr... It's like she's just being mean at times!
I talked to her about her attitude this morning, and she says she doesn't seem to realize she's doing it. Since we've talked, she seems more like her self. The only other thing i can think of that could be bothering her is our park ranger is moving out of country and she adores him, and knows she has to say her goodbye soon.
Is it an age thing? just a phase along with adjusting to school?
With 2 intense kids, it's getting out of hand. I just want to work on DH's days off so i don't have to deal with the kids all day, and i don't normally look forward to working.