The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}
As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out. 

It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me — that’s all fine. But then she asks if she can play with so-and-so or do something when we have other commitments and I have to say no.

And she loses it.

Right there in front of everyone, she starts screaming or crying or throwing herself down on the sidewalk. It’s called afterschool restraint collapse and apparently, I’m not alone here, which is quite reassuring. But I am still so over it.

Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene … 

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